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last straw

n.
The last of a series of annoyances or disappointments that leads one to a final loss of patience, temper, trust, or hope.

[From the proverb "It's the last straw that breaks the camel's back".]

last straw

n
the last straw the final irritation or problem that stretches one's endurance or patience beyond the limit
[from the proverb, "It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back"]

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n.
the last of a succession of irritations or troubles that leads to a loss of patience, a disaster, etc.
[1840–50; after the proverb “Italian is the last straw that breaks the camel's back”]

last straw

A setback that comes on top of several others and leads to final collapse or defeat.
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Noun1.last straw - the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
provocation, aggravation, irritation - unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
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That was the straw that broke the camel's back," Naidu says, recalling the surreal scene around the conference table when board members were discussing what to do about the canceled insurance and a colleague ran in with the morning paper, which featured the story on the front page.