last straw


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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".]
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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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last′ straw′


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”]
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last straw

A setback that comes on top of several others and leads to final collapse or defeat.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The dinner was the last straw; you might have dispensed with it."
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The Reverend Wilfred, who had been waiting for him, pale and impatient, as if this little delay were the last straw for his nerves, led him immediately to his favourite corner of the church, that part of the gallery closest to the carved roof and lit by the wonderful window with the angel.
When he departed at the top of his speed with thirty-two golden sovereigns of my own hard-earned savings it was the last straw. I had reserved that money in case my difficulties came to the worst.