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 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
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Two time All-Star McGrath added: "The Noel McGraths, the McCormacks, the O'Mearas, they run themselves into the ground and that's why I think Tipp are different now.
His reasons for taking off Lennon and then Lukaku are understandable because both had run themselves into the ground and were clearly beginning to tire, but the results were not as he had hoped.
It was Wijnal-dum's brilliance which the United head coach had to thank for all three points against Liverpool, the Dutch midfielder scoring one goal and creating the other - though every single Magpie did perform admirably and run themselves into the ground.
The midfielder has revealed that, during his time on Tyneside, the United players used to run themselves into the ground for the first 15 minutes of games at St James' Park - and they would expect their team-mates to do likewise.
Accies had run themselves into the ground and done everything in their power to haul themselves level but this looked like the most glorious of failures.
I was screaming at him and the TV because I just can't understand someone going on for 15 or 20 minutes when they are fresh and not just run themselves into the ground for the team.
Launchbury's tank-emptying shift typified the commitment of an England pack that he declares will run themselves into the ground to break the will of their opponents.
Launchbury's tank-emptying shift typi-fied the commitment of an England pack that he declares will run themselves into the ground to break the will of their opponents.
Morrell blasted over after great work by Hunt and Cieslewicz and it looked like Gresley had run themselves into the ground as the young Dragons side slowly took control of the game, with Evans making a run and seeing his cross bounce across the goal-line.
We're just playing for pride now in the league and I'm disappointed the way things turned out, I think we've kind of went out with a whimper but I can't really blame the players too much because they have run themselves into the ground.
ANDY Thorn has promised Coventry City's faithful that their team will run themselves into the ground for them as they look to secure three crucial points from the first of two make-or-break games at the Ricoh Arena.
However, it could be argued that it was the perfect time to be facing Borough, who had run themselves into the ground just days earlier in the FA Cup draw with Premier League giants Tottenham.
By the time the tail end of summer rolls around many birds have raised several broods and run themselves into the ground.
If there is pressure on the players to roll up their sleeves and run themselves into the ground, then so be it.
But, thanks to a fixture backlog, Stourport are due to play host to Team Bath Buccs 24 hours earlier with both Welsh clubs doubtless wishing their respective rivals run themselves into the ground along the way.