be at one's wits' end


be at one's wits' end
not to know what to do or say; quite at a loss; at the point of having exhausted one's last idea or mental resource

But in that flash was seen the other Carrie -- poor, hungry, drifting at her wits' end ... (Th. Dreiser)

Mrs. Fogarty was at her wits' end where to put all the men and a few women, who demanded the best her rough and ready accommodation could afford. (K. Prichard)

Mrs. Howels was at her wits' end. (A. Cronin)

Indeed, Jean seemed almost at her wits' end. (A. Cronin)


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  • be at one's wits' end — ► be at one s wits end be completely at a loss as to what to do. Main Entry: ↑wit …   English terms dictionary

  • be at one's wits' end — be completely at a loss as to what to do. → wit …   English new terms dictionary

  • be at one's wits' end — be overwhelmed with difficulties and at a loss as to what to do next …   Useful english dictionary

  • at one's wits' end — phrasal see at one s wit s end …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • at\ wits\ end — • at one s wit s end • at wits end adj. phr. Having no ideas as to how to meet a difficulty or solve a problem; feeling puzzled after having used up all of your ideas or resources; not knowing what to do; puzzled. He had approached every friend… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at wits end — See: AT ONE S WIT S END …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at wits end — See: AT ONE S WIT S END …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • end — end1 ender, n. /end/, n. 1. the last part or extremity, lengthwise, of anything that is longer than it is wide or broad: the end of a street; the end of a rope. 2. a point, line, or limitation that indicates the full extent, degree, etc., of… …   Universalium

  • end — See: AT LOOSE ENDS, AT ONE S WITS END, BURN THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS, GO OFF THE DEEP END, HAIR STAND ON END, HOLD ONE S END UP or HOLD UP ONE S END or KEEP ONE S END UP or KEEP UP ONE S END, LIVING END, LOOSE ENDS, MAKE AN END OF, MAKE ENDS MEET …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • end — See: AT LOOSE ENDS, AT ONE S WITS END, BURN THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS, GO OFF THE DEEP END, HAIR STAND ON END, HOLD ONE S END UP or HOLD UP ONE S END or KEEP ONE S END UP or KEEP UP ONE S END, LIVING END, LOOSE ENDS, MAKE AN END OF, MAKE ENDS MEET …   Dictionary of American idioms