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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.
See also: bleed, white

bleed someone white

 and bleed someone dry
to take all of someone's money; to extort money from someone. The creeps tried to bleed me white. Richard got a picture of Fred and Joan together and tried to bleed both of them dry by threatening to show it to their spouses.
See also: bleed, white

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 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 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
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The UK has been fettered to the stinking corpse of the EU for some 33 years and it is high time that we broke the shackles that bind, cut and bleed us white.