Definition of running on empty in US English:

running on empty

phrase

  • Exhausted of all one's resources or sustenance.

    • ‘After about three hours of high-intensity movement, you're essentially running on empty.’
    • ‘I will be running on empty, my life fuelled only by the adrenaline created by feelings of constant panic and dread.’
    • ‘He goes on to suggest that America is now an empire running on empty, backing away from the crucial imperial commitments of time, money and manpower - and resting on perilous financial foundations.’
    • ‘I'd been away for a long time and I was running on empty by the end.’
    • ‘Next time you're running on empty, reach for an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter, plain low-fat yogurt with a cup of berries, or wholegrain toast with an ounce of cheese.’
    • ‘The ground was operating at full capacity while the teams' inventive faculties were running on empty.’
    • ‘The city is running on empty, yet the amount of money considered necessary to feed the police force is growing by leaps and bounds.’
    • ‘Plus, I was exhausted, running on empty by then.’
    • ‘I've been running on empty for over two weeks now.’
    • ‘However, despite the fact that what happened was in the best interests of the spectators, it does not disguise the fact that this England team is running on empty.’
    tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
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