at\ wits\ end

• at one's wit's end
• at wits end
adj. phr.
Having no ideas as to how to meet a difficulty or solve a problem; feeling puzzled after having used up all of your ideas or resources; not knowing what to do; puzzled.

He had approached every friend and acquaintance for help in vain, and now he was at his wit's end.

The designer was at his wit's end: he had tried out wings of many different kinds but none would fly.

Compare: at a loss, end of one's rope

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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