run yourself into the ground

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 drive run into the ground sooner than later.
2. To destroy something or cause it to break down. If you would just remember to get your oil changed, you wouldn't keep running your cars into the ground.
3. To continue to focus on 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 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