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.
after the proverb “It is the
that breaks the camel's back”
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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Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions
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The last impact is then the last straw for an already compromised brain.
The rare earths controversy was kind of a last straw.
That's why pneumonia is the last straw for many measles-infected infants.
Gray insists that that one image was the last straw.
More than any actual financial liability, that obfuscation proved the last straw.
The retention of their salaries was, no doubt, the last straw and they snapped.
When he is turned down for what he believes to be a well-deserved promotion, it is the last straw for him.
Nelson was also dealing with a knee injury and this really should be the last straw with owners.
Adding a week of body-wrenching illness to that can be the last straw.
High cost of insurance for many employers is the last straw during these difficult times.
Install straw bale barriers along a level contour, with the last straw bale turned up slope.
After the demolition of other major buildings, this was the last straw.
He told us that once he read it, he considered it the last straw that changed his view of how the bank dealt with fraud.