Definition of work (or run) oneself into the ground in US English:

work (or run) oneself into the ground

phrase

  • Exhaust oneself by working or running very hard.

    • ‘And he said some social workers took things too far, working themselves into the ground and damaging their own health, investigating every possible indication of abuse.’
    • ‘They played as a unit, every man worked himself into the ground and they were very tough to break down.’
    • ‘He worked himself into the ground and covered acres during the 70 plus minutes.’
    • ‘It may be that I've worked myself into the ground during the week, that I didn't get a decent Sabbath rest this weekend, that I can feel illness coming on.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I was working myself into the ground and not looking after myself.’’
    • ‘They really worked themselves into the ground and stopped us in our tracks.’
    • ‘Once that hope had gone, she worked hard for a while and then realised she was running herself into the ground - and for what?’
    • ‘At home, we have become so defined by money, status and career success that we work ourselves into the ground.’
    • ‘There's no sense in working ourselves into the ground on this.’
    • ‘He ran himself into the ground, and collapsed with exhaustion at the end of the game.’