run (oneself or something) 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 run yourself into the ground sooner than later.
2. To overuse or poorly maintain something, resulting in its destruction or loss of functionality. If you would just remember to get your oil changed, you wouldn't keep running your cars into the ground.
3. To continue to discuss or address 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 something into the ground

If you run something into the ground, you use it continuously without looking after it, until it is spoilt or destroyed. They didn't take care of the vehicle. They just ran it into the ground. Britain's public housing has been run into the ground over the last few decades.
See also: ground, run, something

run yourself into the ground

INFORMAL
1. If you run yourself into the ground, you work so hard at something that you become exhausted. While everyone else is running themselves into the ground for the whole month of December, she and I are relaxing at home.
2. If you run yourself into the ground, you run around a lot, especially while playing a game. Liverpool's young players in particular ran themselves into the ground.
See also: ground, run

drive/run/work yourself into the ˈground

work so hard that you become extremely tired: You need to be careful, or you’ll run yourself into the ground before long.With only two or three hours’ sleep a night, he was driving himself into the ground.
See also: drive, ground, run, work

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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The win, which takes Town up to 14th in the Premier League table, came hand-in-hand with a classic display from David Wagner's side, with Town on the front foot throughout the 90 minutes, pressing high and the players running themselves into the ground.
SPARE a thought for all the party activists out there, whatever their party hue, who are running themselves into the ground standing up for what they believe in.
The players did that by running themselves into the ground," he said.
James McArthur has hailed Scotland's workhorse forwards for running themselves into the ground for the cause in Croatia.
Ellie Clements was voted girl-of-the-match, with Em, Ellie T, Chelsea, Alice and Beth running themselves into the ground and Charlotte, Sophie, Tasha, Georgia H and Georgia B all playing a brilliant game.
But the Bluebirds had been working incredibly hard, midfielders Don Cowie and Aron Gunnarsson running themselves into the ground to try to keep Brighton at bay.
I think the majority could see the effort that went in and it wasn't just everyone running themselves into the ground.
And Pardew praised his unsung scorers, who both hobbled off after running themselves into the ground.
The front two of Jon Stead and Clin-ton Morrison continued to develop their partnership as they were involved in some excellent build-up play that helped create 11 attempts on goal by half time - five of them on target - while running themselves into the ground, particularly when City were a man down and Stead played up on his own while Morrison covered on the left wing.
It certainly isn't beyond the realms of possibility but it is also worth erring on the side of caution, as a squad that is stretched in the way ours is at the minute only has so much of a shelf life - by that I mean they can't keep on running themselves into the ground.
Women who fear that they are running themselves into the ground by combining a full-time job and bringing-up children may actually be improving their chances of a healthy life, scientists believe.
No one could doubt Palace's efforts, putting their foot in, closing down opponents and running themselves into the ground - just to stay level.
Fergie went into a muchpublicised melt-down after reporters dared to question his tactical acumen in having spent much of the season tinkering with Veron's role, while Keane simply had a go at the majority of his team-mates for not running themselves into the ground.
All credit to Barnstaple for running themselves into the ground, and for the way their seven coach-loads of supporters sportingly conceded defeat to the more incisive side.
And unless they're running themselves into the ground, they often have the energy level of their grandchildren.