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be run ragged

To be utterly exhausted from long, tedious work or having too many things to do. I've been run ragged trying to clean and organize the house before your mom comes to visit. I love this work—you're run ragged at the end of the day, but you feel like you've done something truly productive.
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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The day didn't start too well, but once Blaydon had recovered from a shaky 11-2 it was one-way traffic as the depleted Cestrians were run ragged. Allan Worthy (34) and Cole McConchie (57) began the repair job with a third-wicket stand of 102 and then Graeme Bridge (66no from 75 balls) helped enable the home team to declare on 253-5 after 60 overs.
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.
The rulers of racing have been run ragged by the bookies' lobby for years and things ain't gonna change now.
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Among those who say they were "run ragged" by rowdy youths were staff and residents of the Kenilworth Manor Nursing Home - which backs on to the fields where the festival was held.