last straw

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Ellipsis of the straw that broke the camel's back.

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last straw (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, almost always preceded by the) A small addition to a burden which causes it to exceed the capacity.
    That's the last straw; it's a petty demand but I’m already under too much work. I quit!
    • 2020 March 25, “Network News: What COVID-19 means for rail in a wider transport context”, in Rail, page 10:
      First to fail, inevitably, are the airlines. For Flybe, which was already losing money at the rate of £2 million a day, Coronavirus was the last straw.

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