bleed someone white

bleed (someone) white

To take all of the money that another person has, often through blackmail. The maid bled her famous employer white until he could no longer pay her the hush money.
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bleed someone white

Extort money, take someone's last penny. For example, That contractor would have bled the department white, but fortunately he was apprehended in time . Presumably this term alludes to losing so much blood that one turns pale (and perhaps also to the idea that money is the life blood of commerce). [First half of 1900s]
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bleed someone white

and bleed someone dry
tv. to take all of someone’s money; to extort money from someone. (see also bleed.) The creeps tried to bleed me white. These taxes are going to bleed me dry!
See also: bleed, someone, white