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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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  • But it is more than that, and this is the last straw that breaks the camel's back.

    The Fourth Estate, vol. 2 Armando Palacio Valds
  • It seemed the last straw, somehow, that the lift should have gone wrong.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • (e) Common belief has it that a compulsory measure should be the last straw at which to grasp.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • This failure was the last straw, as far as Goodyear's friends were concerned.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • The seizure of Briseis, his special "mead of honour," is only the last straw, the culminating insult.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
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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Slang definitions & phrases for last straw

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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