drive/run/work yourself into the ground

drive (oneself) into the ground

To work oneself to the point of illness or exhaustion. If you keep working 80-hour weeks, you'll drive yourself into the ground sooner than later.
See also: drive, ground

drive (something) into the ground

1. To manage or maintain something very poorly, resulting in its destruction, failure, or loss of functionality. If you would just remember to get your oil changed, you wouldn't keep driving your cars into the ground. This is the fourth time he's walked away from a company he helped drive into the ground.
2. To continue to discuss or address some issue or topic that is no longer of any use or relevance; to belabor something. We've all moved on from that problem, so there's no use driving it into the ground. It was enough for him to chide me for the mistake once, but he drove it into the ground again and again over the next few weeks.
See also: drive, ground

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

work (oneself) into the ground

To work oneself to the point of illness or exhaustion. If you keep working 80-hour weeks, you'll work yourself into the ground sooner than later.
See also: ground, work
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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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

work (or run) yourself into the ground

exhaust yourself by working or running very hard. informal
See also: ground, work
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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
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