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!

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