done in

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done in

Meaning

  • be too tired to do any more.
  • exhausted or finished.
  • all done with something.
  • used up.

Example Sentences

  1. He was done in after working the night shift.
  2. I’m done in, that long drive took it out of me.
  3. The painters were done in after a long week of double shifts.
  4. My grandpa was done in when he lost his job.
  5. I’m done in, I need some sleep.
  6. I was really done in after the match.
  7. You are really done in; I think you’ll have to go to bed.
  8. I’m really “done in” after a long walk; I’m going to bed.

Origin

The meaning of done in is sometimes mistaken with “done for” or “done gone” which are well-known idioms that are said to originate in the southern regions of the United States. “Done in” was, for all intents and purposes, first popularized in the early 20th century. The most general meaning of this idiom is that one is exhausted, or is finished in one way or another. This idiom can carry positive or negative meanings depending upon how it is used in a sentence, and what kind of emotion is placed behind it. 

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