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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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What seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's back was Apoel's defeat by Qarabag FK earlier this week at home.
As it was Lenny who led him to believe he was a father, he hunts the villain down, determined to take revenge - will this act of malice prove to be the straw that broke the camel's back? When Alex catches up with Lenny at Amber Cabs and holds him at gunpoint, it seems that could be the case.
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Lily, who was dating grime artist Dan London at the time, describes a row with her ex-husband Sam Cooper over him dating again as "the straw that broke the camel's back".
Which gives rise to the theory that either the provocation was far worse than we saw in the video clip, or that he had some issues in his personal life and the taunting was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Director Jon Saunders cited increasing business rates as the "straw that broke the camel's back."
Oztumer pointed to his side's FA Cup first-round defeat at Newport County as the straw that broke the camel's back and forced Whitney's men to buck up their ideas.
And that proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back for Ayo, who took off his jacket and slammed it to the floor in frustration.
But, really, this week, when I spotted three mums wearing triathlon suits with their goggles still perched upon their foreheads at 3pm in the school playground, was the straw that broke the camel's back!
"It's the straw that broke the camel's back," says the actress.
Sulzberger Jr, the publisher of the Times, has long been known to be contentious, with clashes over her often brusque management style, but the first leaks (chronicled first and most thoroughly by Ken Auletta at The New Yorker) suggested that the straw that broke the camel's back was Abramson's discovery of, and subsequent attempt to correct, what appeared to be a significant disparity in pay between herself and her male predecessors (i.e., they were making more, if that isn't immediately obvious.) Whether this was really true is up for debatethe Times has since released a flurry of figures supporting their argument that Abramson acted in errorbut Abramson found it convincing enough to hire a lawyer.