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the last (or final) straw

Definition of the last or final straw in English:

A further difficulty or annoyance, typically minor in itself but coming on top of a series of difficulties, that makes a situation unbearable: his affair was the last straw
[from the proverb the last straw breaks the (laden) camel's back]
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  • But the recent incident, just two doors up from her house, involving a truck driver who has since admitted being over the drink drive limit, was the final straw.
  • The problem of the compensation payment, coupled with difficulties in keeping up with Inland Revenue repayments, proved the final straw for the club.
  • Shops and vehicles have been targeted in the latest series of attacks in Kew and it has proved the final straw for local people.
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