run into the ground


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run (oneself or something) into the ground

1. To work oneself to the point of illness or exhaustion. If you keep working 80-hour weeks, you'll drive run into the ground sooner than later.
2. To destroy something or cause it to break down. If you would just remember to get your oil changed, you wouldn't keep running your cars into the ground.
3. To continue to focus on something—especially an issue or topic—that is no longer of any use or relevance. We've all moved on from that problem, so there's no use running it into the ground.
See also: ground, run

run into the ground

1. Pursue a topic until it has been thoroughly discussed or exhausted, as in They've run the abortion issue into the ground.
2. Ruin or destroy, as in During her brief time as chief executive Marjorie just about ran the company into the ground . Both usages allude to pushing something so far that it is, in effect, buried. [Early 1800s]
See also: ground, run

run somebody/something into the ˈground

use something so much that it breaks; make somebody work so hard that they are no longer able to work: In just one year, she managed to run her new car into the ground.These children are running me into the ground.
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But the lackluster political hacks now running the city will be seeking other offices to occupy and run into the ground before they move on.
We gave up on the Rams and Raiders at the end not because we dislike pro football but because they were bad teams being run into the ground by front offices insensitive to the fans.
He played seven years of minor league football after leaving Pierce and he experienced first hand how some teams were run correctly and others were run into the ground.
That's what happens when you get run into the ground.