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last straw

the last of a succession of irritations, incidents, remarks, etc., that leads to a loss of patience, a disaster, etc.:
He has been late before, but this is the last straw.
Origin of last straw
1840-50; after the proverb “It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for last straw

last straw

the last straw, the final irritation or problem that stretches one's endurance or patience beyond the limit
Word Origin
from the proverb, "It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back"
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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last straw


The final insult; an act that calls for a response: her yelling at him was the last straw

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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