Bleed one dry - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
bleed somebody ˈdry/ˈwhite (disapproving) take away all somebody’s money: He used to be quite wealthy, but his children have bled him dry.
References in classic literature
Well, a bowdlerized
version of it would run: `Professor Challenger presents his compliments to the President of the Zoological Institute, and would take it as a personal favor if he would go to the devil.