Slang definitions & phrases for run into the ground
run into the ground
To overdo; carry too far: You already warned us, so now don't run it into the ground(1826+)
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Idioms and Phrases with run into the ground
Pursue a topic until it has been thoroughly discussed or exhausted, as in They've run the abortion issue into the ground.
Ruin or destroy, as in During her brief time as chief executive Marjorie just about ran the company into the ground. Both usages allude to pushing something so far that it is, in effect, buried.
[ Early 1800s