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Breaking point   /brˈeɪkɪŋ pɔɪnt/   Listen
Breaking point

(psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial.
The degree of tension or stress at which something breaks.

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"Breaking point" Quotes from Famous Books

... this because I was at breaking point, and could not any longer have kept up the game, but would have made an ignominious surrender, and have told her I loved her, and loathed the idea of a mistress, and would certainly murder any lover she should ever ...
— Man and Maid • Elinor Glyn

... had to be a breaking point somewhere, and the monotony was beginning to wear his temper thin. Another five minutes, he reflected, was about all ...
— The Lani People • J. F. Bone

... Cavanaugh, "I had lost all this fear of him and his threats. I don't know why. It wasn't really because he had forced his way into my room, for he had done that before. It must have been that this was a sort of culmination—the breaking point. At any rate, I refused his demands! I answered his sneers in a way which I saw took him aback; he resumed his old threat of the divorce court, but I defied him. Then, after about half an hour, he ...
— Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist • John T. McIntyre

Words linked to "Breaking point" :   stress, psychology, tension, psychological science, tenseness

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