One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Exhaust someone by making them undertake a lot of physical activity.‘for 20 minutes Middlesbrough ran us ragged’
tire out, wear out, overtire, overtax, fatigue, weary, tire, drain, run someone into the ground, run someone ragged, enervate, sap, debilitate, prostrate, enfeebleView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘O'Driscoll was continuing to run Listowel ragged and the inevitable happened in the 26th minute when Camp scored again.’
- ‘Those kids must really be running you ragged; you look terrible.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There were certain areas where we had youths in gangs of 20 or 25 causing serious problems for residents and running us ragged.’
- ‘Using every square yard of the pitch, those high-powered Adare forwards ran Croom ragged, pulled them wide then exploited the spaces in between.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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!‘’
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