Are you looking for some useful tired idioms?
If so, you are in the right place.
Let’s take a look at 23 common tired idioms.
23 Tired Idioms And Phrases (Meaning & Examples)
1. To Be Dead Tired
- Meaning: to be exhausted.
- Use In A Sentence: I am dead tired. I need to go home and go to bed.
2. Dog Tired
- Meaning: to be extremely tired.
- Use In A Sentence: Are you feeling okay? You look dog tired. Maybe you should go back to bed.
3. To Wear Someone Out
- Meaning: to exhaust; to make tired.
- Use In A Sentence: Getting up at 5 o’clock every morning and working until 8 o’clock has worn me out.
4. To Be Pooped
- Meaning: to be tired.
- Use In A Sentence: After running errands all day, I am pooped.
5. To Be Spent
- Meaning: to be exhausted.
- Use In A Sentence: I am spent. I need to go to be early tonight.
6. To Be Out Like A Light
- Meaning: to be so tired that you fall asleep really quickly.
- Use In A Sentence: As soon as I got into bed last night I was out like a light.
7. Dead On One’s Feet
- Meaning: to be at the point of falling asleep because one is so tired.
- Use In A Sentence: After working a 12-hour shift they were walking around dead on their feet.
8. Ready To Drop
- Meaning: being so tired it is hard to stay on one’s feet.
- Use In A Sentence: After spending all day shopping for school clothes, I am ready to drop.
9. To Be Beat
- Meaning: physically exhausted.
- Use In A Sentence: After working all day long, I am beat!
10. To Be Drained
- Meaning: physically and/or mentally tired.
- Use In A Sentence: I am drained. I need to hit the hay early tonight.
11. To Be Tuckered Out
- Meaning: to be sleepy, fatigued.
- Use In A Sentence: I thought she would be tuckered out after playing in the park all day, but she still is running around the house.
12. To Be Shot
- Meaning: to be physically, mentally and/or emotionally exhausted.
- Use In A Sentence: After spending hours trying to balance the books, I am shot!
13. To Be Wiped
- Meaning: extremely tired.
- Use In A Sentence: After 3 hours in the gym, I am wiped.
14. Sleepy Head
- Meaning: used to describe someone who is tired.
- Use In A Sentence: Okay sleepy head. It’s time to get out of bed, it is already 10 o’clock. You can’t sleep all day.
15. One’s Bed Is Calling Them
- Meaning: to be so tired that all you want to do is go back to bed.
- Use In A Sentence: I would love to go out for drinks with you, but my bed is calling me.
16. To Barely Be Able To Keep One’s Eyes Open
- Meaning: to be so sleepy it is difficult to keep your eyes open.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t want to, but I think I need to take a short break. I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open.
17. To Burn The Candles At Both Ends
- Meaning: to tire oneself because of doing too many things or working too much. It usually means to go to bed late and to wake up early.
- Use In A Sentence: Mark is burning the candles at both ends. If he doesn’t change his schedule he is going to get sick.
18. To Burn Out
- Meaning: to be overwork oneself to the point that they can not perform their work at the same level.
- Use In A Sentence: Mark is burning the candles at both ends. If he doesn’t change his schedule he is going to burn himself out.
19. To Zonk Someone Out
- Meaning: to make someone tired.
- Use In A Sentence: Chasing his dog up and down the beach really zonked him out.
20. To Run Out Of Steam
- Meaning: to lose energy or to become tired.
- Use In A Sentence: At the beginning of the race, Steve was out in front, but now I think he is running out of steam. I think he should have paced himself better throughout the race.
21. To Be Dragged Out
- Meaning: to be fatigued.
- Use In A Sentence: I was dragged out after playing the first game and then they wanted to play another game. I had to say no.
22. To Be On One’s Last Leg
- Meaning: to be so tired that one is going to physically collapse.
- Use In A Sentence: John knew he was on his last leg. So you can imagine how happy he was to know that it was time to go home.
23. Out Of Gas
- Meaning: to be completely exhausted or to no longer have the energy to do something.
- Use In A Sentence: I have been working since 5 o’clock this morning. I am running out of gas. Maybe you should take a break and get a bite to eat.
There you have it! 23 useful tired idioms. Did we miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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