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.
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.
See also: bleed, dry, somebody, white
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ESB is treating them like its own piggy bank - bleeding them dry when times get tough.
It's quite simple: Blues fans are still venting their anger over the way the club is bleeding them dry over its pricing structure.
s neighborhoods - as opposed to just bleeding them dry - he'll need some help.
Sharks rely on people staying silent, bleeding them dry till there's nothing left.
THEY are the disturbing organisations that target the vulnerable, sucking them in, bleeding them dry and tearing families apart.
Instead employers should be addressing their inability to pay claims at the greedy landlords who are bleeding them dry.