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tether

[teth -er] /ˈtɛð ər/
noun
1.
a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.
2.
the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
Idioms
4.
at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (noun); compare Old Norse tjōthr, Dutch tuier
Related forms
untethered, adjective
untethering, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for at the end ones tether

tether

/ˈtɛðə/
noun
1.
a restricting rope, chain, etc, by which an animal is tied to a particular spot
2.
the range of one's endurance, etc
3.
at the end of one's tether, distressed or exasperated to the limit of one's endurance
verb
4.
(transitive) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse tjothr; related to Middle Dutch tūder tether, Old High German zeotar pole of a wagon
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Word Origin and History for at the end ones tether
tether
late 14c., "rope for fastening an animal," probably from O.N. tjoðr "tether," from P.Gmc. *teudran (cf. Dan. tøir, Swed. tjuder, O.Fris. tiader, M.Du. tuder, Du. tuier "line, rope," O.H.G. zeotar "pole of a cart"), from PIE base *deu- "to fasten" + instrumentive suffix *-tro-. Figurative sense of "measure of one's limitations" is attested from 1570s. The verb is first recorded late 15c., from the noun.
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