run into the ground

Meaning(s)

1. work or mismanage to the point of exhaustion or ruin

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take a break, don't run yourself into the ground

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To 'run something into the ground' is to destroy something or ruin something. The idiom 'run into the ground' conjures the image of destroying something to the extent that it becomes buried or collapses. To 'run into the ground' can also refer to working so continuously that you suffer from exhaustion.

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  1. I wouldn't buy that car. Look at the miles on the clock - it's been run into the ground!
  2. I need a holiday, my children have me run into the ground.
  3. If we don't replace the roof on the shed the whole building will be run into the ground by the summer.

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  1. Due to his impressive CV, we all thought that Patrick would be a great CEO, but he ended up running the business into the ground.
  2. I know you're worried about the deadline, but you need to take a break or you'll run yourself into the ground!

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