tired out

Also, tired to death. Exhausted, as in She looked tired out after that trip, or He came home tired to death. The first term dates from the second half of the 1500s; the second, a hyperbole, was first recorded in 1740. Also see sick and tired; to death.

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Historical Examples of tired out

  • "Very well, I promise," replied Ermie, in a tired-out voice.

  • Do I need to tell toilers of the deep how sweet rest is to the tired-out body?

    The Lively Poll

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • One of them had seen him also walking by the side of his tired-out horse.

  • His eyes shone, the tired-out look had disappeared; his lips smiled.

    Lady Cassandra

    Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

  • I ain't a whole lot intending to go moping about on no tired-out bronc, an' don't you forget it, neither.

    Hopalong Cassidy

    Clarence E. Mulford