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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run us ragged until we collapse in front of Netflix to get run over by Dinosaur Train and Chuck the Truck.
People have asked me if I am allowing myself to dream but what if Celtic turn up and run us ragged
They will be really hungry and if we give them any opportunity they will run us ragged.
We can't fold, we can't let people take the mickey out of us and run us ragged.
We as a nation have allowed the Governments to run us ragged with boundary changes and all manner of red herrings in the name of progress.
She used to run us ragged with her election campaigns and had us out delivering but she would be out there with us plodding the streets.
They could come to Sixways and want to run us ragged or they could come with the intention of roughing us up before doing that.
They didn't run us ragged up front but they were on the front foot.
Without his presence, skill and vision, Zidane, Vieira and Dhorasoo would have run us ragged.
All this does is give opponents time and space to run us ragged.
We have to work all of the time to keep the standards of behaviour up and there are some pupils who run us ragged - but if you think standards of behaviour in Brynteg are really bad then I suggest that you should go and have a look at some schools in Cardiff and Swansea or even London and Manchester to see what bad behaviour really means.
He said: "They run us ragged all the time, they'll have no bother with this.
These moments are vital in the course of a match because if he had run past or through my tackle, the French side would have been lifted by that and possibly have run us ragged all day.