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
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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 have to run yourself into the ground every single game.
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.
It's time for a change of pace with your work, before you begin to run yourself into the ground.
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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.
But if you don't get enough breaks you just run yourself into the ground ( and then you are no good to anyone.