bleed (someone or something) dry

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bleed (someone or something) dry

To take all of the resources that another person or thing has available. This phrase is often applied to money. Paying for my kids' education is just bleeding me dry. I hope I'll still be able to retire one day! Overhead costs are bleeding our business dry. We need to come up with a different way of doing things.
See also: bleed, dry

bleed somebody ˈdry/ˈwhite

(disapproving) take away all somebody’s money: He used to be quite wealthy, but his children have bled him dry.
See also: bleed, dry, somebody, white
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From the cradle to their college years, the little 'uns bleed you dry with their demands to be fed, clothed and entertained.
She's stealing the money from you and potentially could bleed you dry.
Otherwise they will bleed you dry and then move on.