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 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 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
References in periodicals archive ?
"When things aren't going well for you, you help your teammate and run yourself into the ground. I think everyone will tell you that if you do that for Evertonians, they will clap you and appreciate that.
"You aim to run yourself into the ground and I literally did it, probably the first time in a game.
"It was one of those games as a striker when you know you have to run yourself into the ground and might not get as much of the ball.
"When you play against them you need to battle for every ball and run yourself into the ground.
I told Pilkington and Tomlin at half-time, don't go within yourselves, run yourself into the ground and I'll bring the others on.
You run yourself into the ground. I also found that when you play the top level, those sort of nerves were the perfect cure for constipation!
It's weird how the dynamics kick in and you will run yourself into the ground to protect that lead.
You run yourself into the ground on the pitch, you do yourself in, and you get the impression that people didn't see the game.
Well, I can see that in terms of their huge ability but refusal to work defensively - I always reckoned John Beresford was 6ft 3in tall before Ginola played in front of him, which required a willingness to run yourself into the ground!
It's time for a change of pace with your work, before you begin to run yourself into the ground. Standing tall, asking for what you really want can in fact gain you the respect you crave.
To find out more 0901 6093144 LEO (July 24/Aug 23): It's time for a change of pace at work before you run yourself into the ground. Stand tall and asking for what you really want to gain you the respect you crave.
It's so easy to run yourself into the ground. You just have to learn a pace and a rhythm that's right for you.
About a year ago now, I seem to recall, you decided you couldn't quite turn your back on Newcastle, that you'd be willing to run yourself into the ground for one more season.