Definition of run someone ragged in English:

run someone ragged

phrase

  • Exhaust someone by making them undertake a lot of physical activity.

    ‘for 20 minutes Middlesbrough ran us ragged’
    • ‘O'Driscoll was continuing to run Listowel ragged and the inevitable happened in the 26th minute when Camp scored again.’
    • ‘My wife Mary and I were about 20 years younger than Phyllis, but she ran us ragged on our visits to California or hers to New York.’
    • ‘Didn't you run her ragged emotionally, make her a basket case?’
    • ‘North Carolina will win nearly every time, but Princeton will run them ragged with their disciplined execution of plays.’
    • ‘Using every square yard of the pitch, those high-powered Adare forwards ran Croom ragged, pulled them wide then exploited the spaces in between.’
    • ‘Those kids must really be running you ragged; you look terrible.’
    • ‘There were certain areas where we had youths in gangs of 20 or 25 causing serious problems for residents and running us ragged.’
    • ‘As he hung up the phone, he turned to us with a wicked gleam in his eye, ‘You can't let these court clerks run you ragged!‘’
    • ‘He ran me ragged, back and forth across fields, up and down hills, and I realised through all the pain that I was finally becoming fit.’
    • ‘Despite admitting that he was run ragged by playing basketball with the kids, he said he was considering making it an annual event for the future.’
    tire out, wear out, overtire, overtax, fatigue, weary, tire, drain, run someone into the ground, run someone ragged, enervate, sap, debilitate, prostrate, enfeeble
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