breaking point Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"breaking point" in British English

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breaking pointnoun [S]

uk   us  
the ​stage at which ​yourcontrol over yourself or a ​situation is ​lost: The ​situation reachedbreakingpoint when his ​soncrashed the ​familycar. Her ​nerves were atbreakingpoint.
(Definition of breaking point from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"breaking point" in American English

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breaking pointnoun [C]

 /ˈbreɪ·kɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt/
the ​stage at which you ​losecontrol over yourself or over a ​situation: We’ve been ​working 18 ​hours a ​day and we are all at the breaking point.
(Definition of breaking point from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"breaking point" in Business English

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breaking pointnoun [U, S]

uk   us  
the ​stage at which a ​person, ​company, ​system, etc. ​losescontrol over a ​situation and can no ​longerdeal with their problems: reach (a) breaking point As hospitals across Britain ​reachbreakingpoint, NHS ​bosses have come up with a new ​plan.at/close to/stretched to (the) breaking point The city's ​transportsystem is already ​stretched to ​breakingpoint.
(Definition of breaking point from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “breaking point”
in Chinese (Simplified) 爆发点, 失控点, 极限…
in Turkish kırılma noktası…
in Russian предел…
in Chinese (Traditional) 爆發點, 失控點, 極限…
in Polish granica wytrzymałości…
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