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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.
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He is from the street and understands better than most that the romance of dreams bleeding dry through exit wounds is not all its cracked up to be.
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It is time for the Government to put a realistic cap on all public and civil service pensions and stop this bleeding dry of taxpayers.
While the world as a whole, and the rich West in particular, has grown wealthier than ever, the process of bleeding dry the poverty-ravaged nations of Africa has proceeded with a vengeance.