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the point at which a person, object, structure, etc., collapses under stress.
the point at which a situation or condition becomes critical.
Historical Examples

Story-Lives of Great Musicians Francis Jameson Rowbotham
IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
Beyond John Galsworthy
The Lady of the Basement Flat Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Sidelights on Chinese Life J. Macgowan
Dimbie and I–and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
Marriage H. G. Wells
Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
The Lure of the Pen Flora Klickmann
The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim

the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
the moment of crisis in a situation


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