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at your wits' end

Meaning: If you're at your wits' end, you're upset and frustrated because you've tried everything you can think of to solve a problem, and nothing has worked.

For example:

  • I'm at my wits' end! I've been trying to solve a problem with some software all morning and I still haven't got it to work!

  • Kelvin says he's been trying to get tickets for the game all day, but he's at his wits' end. Nobody's got any left.

Quick Quiz:

If someone's at their wits' end, they probably feel
  1. very angry
  2. really excited
  3. quite unhappy

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