tether

[teth-er]
noun
1.
a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement.
2.
the utmost length to which one can go in action; the utmost extent or limit of ability or resources.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fasten or confine with or as if with a tether.
Idioms
4.
at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (noun); compare Old Norse tjōthr, Dutch tuier

untethered, adjective
untethering, adjective
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tether (ˈtɛðə)
 
n
1.  a restricting rope, chain, etc, by which an animal is tied to a particular spot
2.  the range of one's endurance, etc
3.  at the end of one's tether distressed or exasperated to the limit of one's endurance
 
vb
4.  (tr) to tie or limit with or as if with a tether
 
[C14: from Old Norse tjothr; related to Middle Dutch tūder tether, Old High German zeotar pole of a wagon]

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Word Origin & History

tether
late 14c., "rope for fastening an animal," probably from O.N. tjoðr "tether," from P.Gmc. *teudran (cf. Dan. tøir, Swed. tjuder, O.Fris. tiader, M.Du. tuder, Du. tuier "line, rope," O.H.G. zeotar "pole of a cart"), from PIE base *deu- "to fasten" + instrumentive suffix *-tro-. Figurative sense
of "measure of one's limitations" is attested from 1570s. The verb is first recorded late 15c., from the noun.
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Idioms & Phrases

tether

see end of one's rope (tether).

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Example sentences
At the end of your tether or not, such comments are wrong.
The only way to control flights of fantasy in macro is to tether macro to micro.
The engineers decided they had to replace the entire tether.
Knowing how far the tether of your expertise extends is part of being a
  responsible scientist.
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