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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The last of a series of annoyances or disappointments that leads one to a final loss of patience, temper, trust, or hope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small addition to a burden which causes it to exceed the capacity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit


From the proverb "It's the last straw that breaks the camel's back”.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ellipsis of the straw that broke the camel's back. (Wiktionary)


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  • Presumably the one that broke the proverbial camel's back.

    March 19, 2008