If Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s rambling, podium-hogging speech at the United Nations tried the patience of many UN delegates, spare a thought for his simultaneous interpreter.
The Libyan’s interpreter managed to hang on for the first 75 minutes of Wednesday’s epic before crying： "I just can’t take it anymore!" reported the New York Post daily.
Spotting the emergency, the UN’s Arabic section chief, Rasha Ajalyaqeen, took over for the final 20 minutes.
try the patience of a saint（Job）︰即使聖人（約伯；聖經中備受命運捉弄的義人）也無法忍受，意即令人受不了。本文的句子衍生自此句，意指許多聯合國代表失去耐性。
try one's patiencePut one's tolerance to a severe test, cause one to be annoyed, as in Putting these parts together really tries my patience, or Her constant lateness tries our patience. This idiom uses try in the sense of "test," a usage dating from about 1300.
spare a thought︰片語：想一想、思及。例句︰We should educate the children to spare a thought for those in need.（我們應教育孩子們多為需要的人想一想。）
save/spare sb's blushes British & Australian
to do something to prevent someone feeling embarrassed
Granger saved the team's blushes by scoring the only goal in the last five minutes of the game.
The audience's blushes were spared because the censors had removed all the explicit sex scenes from the film.