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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Obviously we have to deal with the occasion and focus on the job, but judging by the ticket sales we'll be taking half the country with us, so it will be an incredible experience and we'll run ourselves into the ground for everyone.
As much as Wales may wish to think they had control of the first half the reality of the situation was that the All Blacks, yet again, allowed us to run ourselves into the ground, and, in doing so, kept within easy striking distance.
If it is lashing with rain and the pitch is heavy, they wonOt like playing against our giant centre-halves, Matt Redmile and Aaron Brown, plus Jake Edwards and I will run ourselves into the ground up front and there is always an upset.
Bearing in mind we had just run ourselves into the ground in what has always been a keenly fought fixture, we had very few fluids left to dispose of.
We know we'll have to run ourselves into the ground for the result and we're prepared to do just that.