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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Nikica I''ve played in that heat against teams like that and it's in your mind before kick off - you know you're going to have to run yourself ragged and could spend a lot of time chasing shadows in the heat.
That's something I've always struggled with, how best to make a contribution to the world and not run yourself ragged.
Just to go out and win second balls and headers and run yourself ragged - so maybe that's what we need.
And if you want to try your hand at all kinds of activities, don't run yourself ragged trying to arrange a programme for yourself.
You run yourself ragged to take the kids to and from their activities.
The children desperately need a balanced view of the world and they're not getting one while you run yourself ragged and he lives the life of Riley.