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breaking point

noun [U, S]
 
 
the stage at which a person, company, system, etc. loses control over a situation and can no longer deal with their problems: reach (a) breaking point As hospitals across Britain reach breaking point, NHS bosses have come up with a new plan.at/close to/stretched to (the) breaking point The city's transport system is already stretched to breaking point.
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