the last drop makes the cup run over

Similar in sense to the next proverb (it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back).

1655 T. FULLER Church Hist. Britain XI. ii. When the Cup is brim full before, the last (though least) superadded drop is charged alone to be the cause of all the running over.

1855 H. G. BOHN Hand-Book of Proverbs 509 The last drop makes the cup run over.

1876 J. PAYN Halves I. x. An application of her brother-in-law for a five-pound note..was the last drop that caused Mrs. Raeburn’s cup of bitterness to overflow.

1888 C. M. YONGE Beechcroft at Rockstone I. i. Valetta burst out crying at this last drop that made the bucket overflow.


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