I'll give an example:

I can't stand him anymore = There's a limit to my _____(noun)____

And if there is a verb which equal to "can't stand (sth) anymore", I'd also like to learn.


4 Answers 4


"There's a limit to my restraint"

"There's a limit to my patience"

Or, simply the noun "limit" can have this meaning in context, e.g.:

"I have my limits".

There are also variations of an idiomatic expression: "I'm at the end of my tether" meaning you are at the end of your patience with a situation or person.


There's a limit to my tolerance.

  • I especially like this one used as a verb" I can't tolerate him anymore (to answer the last part of the OP's request).
    – 1006a
    Mar 26, 2017 at 15:28

There is a limit to my forbearance.

Not especially idiomatic in the modern world, at least in my experience. This choice has a certain ... maybe "haughtiness" to it. Like if you were invoking the idea of someone in a position of power, this could help convey that sense.


A word that is both noun and verb that means "to hold yourself back is: "Retard." However, you should be very careful about how you are using this word as, "Retard" also is an insulting way of referring to someone of limited mental abilities. As in, "calling someone a retard." You can correctly refer to a brake "retarding" the motion of a wheel, but due to the problematic nature of this word, most people seek to use other related descriptive terms.

  • 3
    "Retard" doesn't mean "hold yourself back"; it means "slow yourself down". Furthermore, "retard" is rarely anymore, due partly to its association with low mental ability. Mar 26, 2017 at 21:30
  • @200_success Should I speak of the timing on my car's ignition being "chronologically privileged or chronologically challenged"? Mar 26, 2017 at 22:04
  • @SpehroPefhany No, the spark is usually said to be either "early" or "late". Mar 26, 2017 at 22:10
  • 1
    @200_success I have heard nothing but "advanced" and "retarded" in that context. Mar 26, 2017 at 22:11
  • Answer doesn't fit the example sentence.
    – MetaEd
    Mar 28, 2017 at 14:22

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.