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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


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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tv. to drain someone of money through extortion or continuous demands for payment. I’m going to bleed you till I get what I deserve.

bleed someone dry

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The government now has a little less than four years left to transform PIA, to enable it to inject money into state coffers, instead of bleeding them dry. Hesitating on firing non-essential employees will almost certainly deal a fatal blow to plans of making the airline a national asset.
Supporters accused the club - which makes more than [euro]75million a year from 1.4 million shirt sales - of "bleeding them dry".
ESB is treating them like its own piggy bank - bleeding them dry when times get tough.
They sing the cash-strapped tune we all know, too: Filling the tank, insuring the car, eating lunch, paying the $100 after-school sports fee, etc., are bleeding them dry.
It's quite simple: Blues fans are still venting their anger over the way the club is bleeding them dry over its pricing structure.
Supporters accused the club - which makes more than PS60million a year from 1.4 million shirt sales - of "bleeding them dry".
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.