The straw that breaks the camel’s back 英文諺語

The last straw that broke the camel’s back 凡事宜節制,過則必敗事

or “the final straw that broke the camel’s back” or “That’s the last straw”

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MEANING

The final bit needed to tilt the balance over to one side or send one over the edge. There is a limit to everything. We can load the camel with lots of goods, but finally it will be too much and the camel’s back will break. And it is only a single item that breaks its back – the last straw. This can be applied to many things in life. People often say “That’s the last straw!” when they will not accept any more of something.

ORIGIN

An Arabian anecdote told of a camel whose owner loaded the beast of burden with as much straw as possible. Not satisfied with the staggering load he had put on the camel, the owner added just one last piece of straw. Even that one wisp was too much, and the animal collapsed with a broken back, leaving the owner with no way to take his goods to the market. The story is a parable for all the times you’ve been repeatedly irked until you can’t take it anymore and you explode.

EXAMPLE

“That’s the last straw! You can find yourself a new driver!”

 

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The child is father of the man

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