It was not long before the relations with the Archbishop became strained to breaking-point.
He had been strained by something or other to the breaking-point—so much was evident.
But this compliance, when all the time she felt further and further away, was straining her to breaking-point.
It was no use; every moment I drew, nearer and nearer to the breaking-point.
It is then doubled back on itself and pulled again to the breaking-point, and so on time after time until the work is done.
Does God try them till they are just at breaking-point, and then gently remove them?
Then they stand nervous tensions worse, the breaking-point comes sooner.
The temper of the master-at-arms was now strained to the breaking-point.
Or it may have been caused by insomnia; or by nerves strained to the breaking-point with trouble and anxiety.
It seemed at first as if her nerves were strained to the breaking-point.
breaking point break·ing point (brā'kĭng)
The point at which physical, mental, or emotional strength gives way under stress.
The point at which a condition or situation becomes critical.