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Running on fumes


Exhausted. Overextended. ‘Fumes’ refers to having used up all the gas in a vehicle and the engine is running just on the fumes from the gas, thusly depleted.¬† (Compare to End of one’s rope.)

“We’ve been trying to move out of our house all weekend without any sleep, right now I’m just running on fumes.”

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