Here are three idioms to talk about when you’ve had enough. Something has been bothering you so you feel a little frustrated, irritated, a little bit angry. And you get to this point where you say, “Okay, that’s enough. That’s all. Now I can’t take any more. I’ve had enough.”

Some ways to say this are: I’ve had it up to here. “I’ve had it up to here with this!”

“I’ve had it up to here with all the noise from the neighbors! Their dog is barking and the kids are crying and it’s so noisy, and I’ve had it up to here! I can’t take any more! I’ve had enough!”

You could also just say, “I’ve had it!” I’ve had it: I’ve been getting more and more angry and now I’ve reached the limit. That’s enough; I’ve had it. I’ve had it up to here.

Another way to say it is to say, “That’s the last straw!” The last straw. “This is the last straw; I’m not going to take it any more; I’ve had it up to here!”

The last straw. It comes from the story, “The straw that broke the camel’s back.”

The camel. The animal, right? The camel is carrying straw, so there’s a lot of straw on the camel’s back, so that the camel has stress. It’s heavy on their back. So it gets heavier and heavier but they’re still walking, still okay.

And then somebody takes one more piece of straw, the last piece of straw, and they put it on top of all the straw on the camel’s back. One more piece of straw- boom! And then the camel falls down. It can’t take it any more. It could take a lot of weight, a lot of straw on the camel’s back. And then one more, one more straw, the last straw goes on top- boom. It breaks. The straw that broke the camel’s back.

“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.” That was the last thing that it could take and then, boom, it breaks down.

But you don’t have to say the whole sentence: the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Because people know this story already so you can just say, “That’s the last straw.” And then it’s understood that you’re talking about the last straw that broke the camel’s back.

“That’s the last straw! That’s the last thing. After that, I can’t take any more.”

“I’ve had it up to here! It’s the last straw!”

Another way, a third idiom, is to be fed up. Fed up: F-E-D up. Up/down. Fed up.

“I’m fed up! I’m just fed up with it!”

“I’m fed up! Up to here!”

If you’re fed up with something, it means you’ve been tolerating it. You’ve had this condition for some time, but now you’ve reached your limit. I’m fed up: I can’t take any more.

“I just can’t take it. I’m fed up. I’ve had it up to here! That’s the last straw!”

These are all ways to say that you’ve been tolerating something. You’ve been getting angrier and angrier and now you are finished. Now, that’s the end. Something must change.

Okay, do you understand?

That’s three idioms to talk about when you’ve had enough.

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