the last straw

the last straw


  • to be the last in a sequence of unpleasant things
  • to be the last tolerable thing after which something cannot be accepted

Example Sentences

  1. The last straw in their relationship was when he physically abused her. She walked out after that.
  2. I am not going to wait for the last straw like you always do. I will do something about the problem much sooner than that.
  3. It is sad to see that people always wait until the last straw before they start to take any action in this country.
  4. The politician did not see the last straw He did not order any probe before this and now the police are struggling with the investigation.
  5. The lawyer explained how this was the fight between them was the last straw before the accused mercilessly murdered the victim.


The phrase is believed to have originated from medieval England where home farms were a common phenomenon in the remote areas. To clean up a mess of straws was a hard thing to do and the last straw would mean that it is all over now. There is no literary origin available to substantiate this claim though.

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AuthorZanujx writes on 25th July 2017

Exams are always the last straw 😂😎🐍 and then everything is great. 🎊 🎉

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