drive (oneself) into the ground

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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/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
References in classic literature ?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, had kindly provided accommodations for us.
The old paradigm--that you work 24/7 and drive yourself into the ground to succeed and contribute to your company--is dying.
Don't drive yourself into the ground and get stressed trying to achieve an unrealistic size that won't last.
If you drive yourself into the ground, they'll sell your catalogue and they're still going to make money off of you.