Definition of run someone ragged in US English:

run someone ragged

phrase

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were certain areas where we had youths in gangs of 20 or 25 causing serious problems for residents and running us ragged.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!‘’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘O'Driscoll was continuing to run Listowel ragged and the inevitable happened in the 26th minute when Camp scored again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Didn't you run her ragged emotionally, make her a basket case?’
    • ‘Those kids must really be running you ragged; you look terrible.’
    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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