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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With the freedom of self-catering and plenty of open space around the chalets for the children to run themselves ragged, it was able to fulfil that curiously tricky challenge - to actually be a relaxing holiday.
Food is imperative to keep a body functioning and generating heat, particularly after rut-weary bucks have run themselves ragged the previous month.
And I am such a lucky dog owner; Lena belongs to a friend who lives close enough that we can schedule regular playdates for our youngsters, so they can run themselves ragged.
From the start the visitors defended 10 yards inside their own half, conceding possession and looking to run themselves ragged for the cause.
As he sees it, many players run themselves ragged before they even play an official shot on Thursday.
The Time Out club next door was the ideal place to drop the kids off so they could run themselves ragged while we relaxed.
As Weir points out, to be accepted in the ranks, new signings must be willing to show they have the desire and determination to run themselves ragged before anything else.
And I fumed for those single parents who run themselves ragged to compensate for the missing half.
Now 1995, that was bad,' he says, reclining in a faded, flowerpatterned armchair beneath the shade of a tree as scrawny chickens run themselves ragged in the heat, scratching the dry ground in vain for a peck of grain.
However, the Crues had run themselves ragged and tired in the closing stages to allow David Larmour to grab his 100th goal in a Linfield shirt before substitute Craig McCracken rounded things off in injury time by sidestepping Lamont to add the third.
Women feel that, in their struggle to please everyone, they've satisfied no one, have run themselves ragged and depleted their savings in the process," Kennedy said.
We know the deal when it comes to taking kids on holiday, which is that the parents run themselves ragged until 5pm and then open a bottle of wine and pretend they can't hear the shouting.
Some women feel they can never do enough for their children and run themselves ragged, terrified of being cast as a failure of a mother.
A different arrangement of red, white and blue will be waved with joy in the boulevards of Paris, Marseille, Toulouse and Lyon; Fiat car workers in Turin will carry banners proclaiming their national team; and the children of Rio de Janeiro will run themselves ragged with the flag of Brazil as events in Japan and South Korea reach fever pitch.