be done to death

be done to death

  (informal)
if a particular style or subject is done to death, it is used or discussed so many times that it is not interesting any more The military look was done to death in last season's fashion shows.
See also: death, done
References in classic literature ?
His ingenious mind instantly suggested a way by which the baronet could be done to death, and yet it would be hardly possible to bring home the guilt to the real murderer.
Stapleton's first idea was that this young stranger from Canada might possibly be done to death in London without coming down to Devonshire at all.