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The Last Straw

Also known as ‘The Final Straw,’ the phrase ‘The Last Straw’ is used to describe the last of a series of undesirable or unpleasant events that makes you come to the realization that you can no longer accept a situation that has been worsening for a while.

You can use the idiom 'The Last Straw' when something is deemed to be the last in a line of unacceptable occurrences.

Example of Use: “She has been unhappy with him for a long time but when he crashed her car, it was the last straw.”

Interesting fact about The Last Straw

The origin of the idiom 'the last straw' can be found in the old English proverb, “it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.” It was first seen around 1755, and many different forms of the statement were used between then and about 1836, with the suffering animal occasionally described as a horse or an elephant rather than as a camel.