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.
See also: bleed, dry, somebody, white

bleed someone dry

verb
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In another case cited by the society, another Kuwaiti was behind bars because his eldest son got involved with the wrong "friends" and started bleeding him dry to satisfy his desires.
His estranged wife, a volatile African-American woman he married after a brief and fiery romance, is bleeding him dry with her unending demands.
The letter from the man with a grown-up son who is bleeding him dry financially sounds similar to my situation (Dear Coleen, August 21).
In it, she said: "He described her (Edwards) as a complete nightmare and she was bleeding him dry, spending all his money.
Another colleague said Mr Edwards told her his wife was a "complete nightmare, bleeding him dry, spending all his money".
He accused her of bleeding him dry and questioned whether she ever loved him.
Meanwhile, the supporting cast subtly and hilariously add to his woes, notably his wonderfully useless daughter and her boy friend, who are bleeding him dry, and cleaning lady Magda, who hands in her notice because she's "unheppy".
Thanks to Miss Battersby's love of lounging around their flat and bleeding him dry, he decides his old flame is the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with.
Meanwhile, the supporting cast subtly and hilariously add to his woes, notably his wonderfully useless daughter and her boyfriend, who are bleeding him dry, and cleaning lady Magda, who hands in her notice because she's "unheppy".