at the end of her tether

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"After dealing with all the highly volatile actors, the director was at the end of her tether."
Can I interpret the second part of the sentence like this “the director couldn’t stand her anymore.”
  • GreenWhiteBlue

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    USA - English
    Not quite. The idea is an animal, such as a horse, that is pulling away out of fear or annoyance and has stretched its "tether" (the cord or chain holding it) to its furthest extent.

    You might say the director was "fed up", or "on her last nerve", or "ready to snap", or "had had enough".
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