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breaking point

noun
1.
the point at which a person, object, structure, etc., collapses under stress.
2.
the point at which a situation or condition becomes critical.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for breaking-point

breaking point

noun
1.
the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
2.
the moment of crisis in a situation
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breaking-point in Medicine

breaking point break·ing point (brā'kĭng)
n.

  1. The point at which physical, mental, or emotional strength gives way under stress.

  2. The point at which a condition or situation becomes critical.

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