run ragged


run ragged
{v. phr.} To tire out; make nervous by too much worry or work. * /Trying to keep up with too many clubs, sports, and activities in addition to his homework ran Tom ragged./ * /On a rainy day the children sometimes ran Mother ragged./ Compare: WEAR OUT.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • run ragged — be tired or exhausted She has been run ragged by her three children …   Idioms and examples

  • run ragged — {v. phr.} To tire out; make nervous by too much worry or work. * /Trying to keep up with too many clubs, sports, and activities in addition to his homework ran Tom ragged./ * /On a rainy day the children sometimes ran Mother ragged./ Compare:… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • run\ ragged — v. phr. To tire out; make nervous by too much worry or work. Trying to keep up with too many clubs, sports, and activities in addition to his homework ran Tom ragged. On a rainy day the children sometimes ran Mother ragged. Compare: wear out …   Словарь американских идиом

  • run ragged — Synonyms and related words: debilitated, drooping, droopy, enervated, enfeebled, fagged, faint, fainting, fatigued, feeling faint, flagging, footsore, frazzled, good and tired, jaded, languid, ready to drop, run down, sagging, seedy, tired, tired …   Moby Thesaurus

  • 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 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′id] adj. [< RAG1 + ED] 1. shabby or torn from wear; tattered [a ragged shirt] 2. dressed in shabby or torn clothes 3. uneven; rough; jagged [a ragged edge] 4. shaggy; …   English World 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