- 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.