end of the road

[end of the road] or [end of the line] {n. phr.} The final resultor end (as of a way of action or behavior); the condition that comeswhen you can do no more.

He had left a trail of forgery anddishonesty across seven states; he had got out of each trouble with anew trick. Now the police had caught up with him, and it was the endof the road.

"When I get to the end of the line," Jones thought,"I'd like my children to like and respect me still."