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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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No wonder I look tired all the time - that woman has me run ragged.
Poor Wawrinka, a semi-finalist here in London's O2 centre last year, was run ragged at times by the power, precision and finesse of the 27-year-old Djokovic who racked up a 29th consecutive indoor victory with laser-guided forehand winner.
After an appalling first period in which Fulham deservedly went behind, Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora netted penalties either side of a Dempsey brace as the Magpies were run ragged.
Sporting spokesman Wayne Lincoln explained: "Never mind United being run ragged at Wembley - we were getting kicked to death with the relentless passing of Xavi and Iniesta which saw their player performance market go through the roof.
RAGING Alloa boss Allan Maitland fired a rocket at his misfiring duds after they were run ragged.
And the one-time Everton skipper, Wales's most accomplished defender of the past 30 years, added: "He was run ragged at times in the first half in Russia.
Salomon Kalou and Joe Cole were also on target at Stamford Bridge as the Rams, 10 points adrift at the bottom, were run ragged.
I worked on estate security for five years and some days, especially weekends, you were run ragged, as were the police, hence the need to prioritise calls.
County continued to be run ragged after the break and after Nade scored his third on 62 minutes, home boss Garry Hill showed some charity by taking off the hat-trick hero and his co-striker Jackson.
WORCESTER looked a shadow of the side that troubled champions Wasps six days ago as they were run ragged by former England wing Ben Cohen.
Graeme Morrison then weighed in with his first Scotland try and Lamont followed suit soon after as Japan were run ragged.
Halifax were run ragged but narrowed the gap late on through two late touch downs.
Colin Hamilton 3 Left-back was run ragged by Tavernier time and again as Rangers commanded wide areas.
It is being presented at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff this weekend in association with Theatr Iolo and Run Ragged.