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    Default patience-snapping demand

    Hello all,

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    People identify with him as a person who has managed to combine the spiritual path with the patience-snapping demands of family life.

    and I have a question: What is a patience-snapping demands of family life?

    Tks, :D

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    Default Re: patience-snapping demand

    Quote Originally Posted by beeja
    Hello all,

    I've got the context:

    People identify with him as a person who has managed to combine the spiritual path with the patience-snapping demands of family life.

    and I have a question: What is a patience-snapping demands of family life?

    Tks, :D
    snap means, to act or do something quickly (e.g. quick demands of family life). If we add the word patience to it, it expresses, being calm under pressure.

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    Default Re: patience-snapping demand

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea

    snap means, to act or do something quickly (e.g. quick demands of family life). If we add the word patience to it, it expresses, being calm under pressure.
    So, does it mean "being calm to respond the quick demands of family life"?


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    Default Re: patience-snapping demand

    Quote Originally Posted by beeja
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea

    snap means, to act or do something quickly (e.g. quick demands of family life). If we add the word patience to it, it expresses, being calm under pressure.
    So, does it mean "being calm when responding to the quick demands of family life"?

    Seems like that to me. :D It's an odd phrase "patience-snapping". :(

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    I have neaver heard that term. It seems to run along the line of "hold your horses".

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    It's not a standard phrase.

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    patience-snapping demand translates to a situation (demand) that is so overwhelming it can cause one to lose control (patience) over the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devans
    patience-snapping demand translates to a situation (demand) that is so overwhelming it can cause one to lose control (patience) over the situation.
    how about a "patience-testing demand"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by devans
    patience-snapping demand translates to a situation (demand) that is so overwhelming it can cause one to lose control (patience) over the situation.
    The reason the phrase doesn't sound right is because patience doesn't snap, we snap when we run out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie27

    how about a "patience-testing demand"?
    Much better.

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