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.
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bleed someone dry

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bleed someone white

COMMON If someone or something bleeds, a person, organization, or country dry or bleeds them white, they take all of their money or resources from them. The first two interest payments had bled him dry. His realm had been bled dry by years of war with France. Note: In the past, doctors often treated patients by bleeding them, which involved removing some of their blood.
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bleed someone dry (or white)

drain someone of all their money or resources.
Since the late 17th century bleeding has been a metaphor for extorting money from someone. White refers to the physiological effect of losing blood.
1982 William Haggard The Mischief-Makers Her husband had been a wealthy man, the lady's solicitors sharp and ruthless, and her husband had been bled white to get rid of her.
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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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bleed someone dry

verb
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He tells Maria he can't dump Eva because she's ill, and tries to make things up to Eva, little realising she and Leanne plan to bleed him dry.
He tells Maria that he can't dump Eva because she's ill, and tries to make things up to Eva, little realising that she and Leanne are planning to bleed him dry.
We've tried to bleed him dry over the last six months, in camp sitting down with Robbie Henshaw and Darren Cave, talking through things as we've done them.
With estranged wife Katie returning to bleed him dry and Cain ripping him off, what more could go wrong for Declan?
The brothel was a thriving business but now his cash flow has been cut off and they're trying to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to bleed him dry.