run someone ragged


run someone ragged
run (someone) ragged to make someone very tired, usually by making them work too hard.

What with party preparations and having to look after the kids all this week, I've been run ragged.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • run someone ragged — informal phrase to make someone feel extremely tired by forcing them to do a lot of work Doctors and nurses were run ragged during the recent flu epidemic. Thesaurus: to make someone work hardsynonym to make someone tiredsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • run someone ragged — ► run someone ragged exhaust someone. Main Entry: ↑ragged …   English terms dictionary

  • run someone ragged — exhaust someone. → ragged …   English new terms dictionary

  • run someone ragged — informal to make someone feel extremely tired by forcing them to do a lot of work Doctors and nurses were run ragged during the recent flu epidemic …   English dictionary

  • ragged — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of cloth or clothes) old and torn. 2) wearing ragged clothes. 3) rough or irregular. 4) lacking finish, smoothness, or uniformity. 5) suffering from exhaustion or stress. ● run someone ragged Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • run ragged — run (someone) ragged to make someone very tired, usually by making them work too hard. What with party preparations and having to look after the kids all this week, I ve been run ragged …   New idioms dictionary

  • ragged — rag|ged [ rægəd ] adjective 1. ) MAINLY LITERARY torn and dirty: a pair of ragged shorts Ragged posters hung on the walls. a ) ragged people are wearing old dirty clothes and look very poor: ragged children playing in the street 2. ) with edges… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • run ragged — phrasal : to wear out : exhaust children and housework were running her ragged the word “character,” meaning a person … of eccentricity has been run ragged John McNulty * * * run (someone) ragged informal : to make (som …   Useful english dictionary

  • ragged — UK [ˈræɡɪd] / US [ˈræɡəd] adjective 1) a) mainly literary torn and dirty a pair of ragged shorts Ragged posters hung on the walls. b) wearing old dirty clothes and looking very poor ragged children playing in the street 2) with edges that are not …   English dictionary

  • ragged — [ ragɪd] adjective 1》 (of cloth or clothes) old and torn.     ↘wearing such clothes. 2》 rough or irregular.     ↘(of an animal) having a rough, shaggy coat.     ↘lacking finish, smoothness, or uniformity.     ↘Printing (especially of a right… …   English new terms dictionary


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