breaking point

breaking point
breaking point UK US noun [U, S]
the stage at which a person, company, system, etc. loses control over a situation and can no longer deal with their problems: reach (a) breaking point »

As hospitals across Britain reach breaking point, NHS bosses have come up with a new plan.

at/close to/stretched to (the) breaking point »

The city's transport system is already stretched to breaking point.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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