Enough Is Enough

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Meaning of Idiom 'Enough is Enough

Enough is enough is an emphatic way of saying "Stop!" It means whatever is happening must stop; no more will be tolerated; you should be satisfied with what you have, or with the situation or circumstances that exist. 1,2,3,4


Usually used as an interjection.


"You have to stop showing up late for work. Enough is enough!"

"If you keep gambling you are going to lose all your money. You've already won a lot—enough is enough."

"All this bickering has to stop. You kids have to learn to share. Enough is enough!"


Although today this phrase is used more as a reprimand or warning, it began more as an expression of satisfaction or contentment such as in the proverb "Enough is as good as a feast." It appeared in John Heywood's 1546 Dialague of Proverbs. 5

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
3. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
4. Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.
5. Speake, Jennifer. The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs. Oxford University Press, 2015.

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