break one's back

break one's back
(break one's (own) back (тж. break smb.'s back))
погубить себя (или кого-л.); ≈ сломать себе (или кому-л.) шею

She'll break your back with debts. (H. G. Wells, ‘The Research Magnificent’, ch. V) — Она разорит тебя своими долгами.

They would hammer and hammer, selling short all along the line. But he did not dare to do that. He would be breaking his own back quickly, and what he needed was time. (Th. Dreiser, ‘The Financier’, ch. XXIII) — Они примутся без зазрения совести сбивать цены решительно на все. Он же не смеет следовать их примеру. Так можно очень скоро сломать себе шею, а для него самое главное - выгадать время.

He broke his back paying his son's debts. — Долги сына разорили его.


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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