last straw, the

Explanation: What is an idiom?

the last of a series of problems that cause something bad to happen.


"I walked out of my job today"

"You're joking!"

"No, straight up. "

"What happened?"

"Well, you know I told you the boss was really getting up my nose, with all this favouring some managers over others"


"Well, this morning I came in and he calls me into his office, says 'I'd like you to meet the new supervisor, Jane Connelly' "

"Hang on, isn't she that woman you were-"

"Yeah, she's only been there three weeks. Well, I says to him 'Why has she got the job and not me?' You know what he says?"

"Go on"

"He says, 'Because she's more of a people person than you are' "

"You're joking. That's terrible."

"Yeah, well, you can imagine. That was the last straw. I told him what I thought of him and his stinking company and walked out."

"What does Wendy have to say?"

"I don't know. I haven't told her yet."

"Good luck mate. You'd better have another lager."

"Yeah, I think I might need it when I get home"


You might also hear the final straw or the straw that broke the camel's back. It's basically this idea that a piece of straw, which weighs nothing on its own, can, when added to thousands of others, be the one which makes the load of straw too heavy.

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