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be running on empty

informal to ​continue to ​work and be ​active when you have no ​energyleft: I get the ​impression he's been ​running on ​empty for ​months now. A ​holiday will do him good. mainly US and Australian English If a ​person or an ​organization is ​running on ​empty, they have no new ​ideas or are not as ​effective as they were before: The fund-raising ​campaign was ​running on ​empty after ten ​years under the same ​leader.
(Definition of be running on empty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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