run (oneself or someone) ragged

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run (oneself or someone) ragged

To exhaust oneself or someone else through hard work or effort. I've been running myself ragged trying to clean and organize the house before your mom comes to visit. If you become Joe's personal assistant, don't be surprised if he runs you ragged—he can be very demanding.
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run someone ragged

Fig. to keep someone or something very busy. This busy season is running us all ragged at the store. What a busy day. I ran myself ragged.
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run one ragged

Exhaust one, as in I've run myself ragged with this project. This idiom alludes to working so hard that one's appearance is reduced to rags. [c. 1920]
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run someone ragged

If someone runs you ragged, they make you do so much that you get extremely tired. Most days the kids — four under the age of six — run me ragged. Their defence was run ragged by the opposing team. Note: You can also say that you run yourself ragged, meaning that you get very tired by doing many things. She runs herself ragged trying to get everything done.
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run someone ragged

exhaust someone by making them undertake a lot of physical activity.
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ˌrun somebody ˈragged

(informal) make somebody do a lot of work or make a big effort so that they become tired: You look really exhausted. Have the children been running you ragged?
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Should we run ourselves ragged trying to live in giant bubbles, never touch plastic, test every drop of water we touch or taste?
My own school was obsessed with making us leap over wooden horses, climb ropes, balance on beams and run ourselves ragged on the hockey pitch.
We are all comfortable with each other, but at times we are a bit loose and run ourselves ragged a bit.
Considering staying in is supposed to be the new going out, we don't half run ourselves ragged in our determination to spend as little time as possible at home.
Sometimes it's high-risk and we can run ourselves ragged a bit.