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Ran into the ground


Overused; operated a machine until it broke or used an animal to death. Reference to ‘into the ground’ suggests something was used until it just fell apart and stopped.

“My dad didn’t believe in wasting money, so he continued to drive the same old pick up until he ran it into the ground.”

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