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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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bleed someone dry

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Our relationship is OK, but we're under a lot of stress as we're involved in a court case that's bleeding us dry financially.
Us pensioners worked hard and fought hard for what we have now and are quite prepared to help young people fight for a better life and better future, where all people can enjoy their lives and the only people who suffer are the bosses and the bankers who are bleeding us dry.
He said: "While we do not support personal abuse of the owner, directors, manager or players, we also no longer wish to be served platitudes by Mr Lerner, Mr Fox, Mr Hollis or anyone else from within the organisation that is bleeding us dry.
They are bleeding us dry with their greed, while killing the vulnerable with their barbaric policies.
The lie that an unseen army of Mick Philpotts is bleeding us dry.
Regulator We now have a Government full of public school boys who are bleeding us dry through taxation in any form or scheme they can think of as long as their assets are protected.
British industry and the British way of life, culture and jobs have been blighted by over 30 years of bleeding us dry with totally unfair contributions paid annually into the EU gravy train.
HOW long must we tolerate politicians bleeding us dry while supposedly representing us?
The government is already bleeding us dry in taxes all roads and charging a fortune for health.
Obviously, the grant money is a setback to the governor's litigation strategy of bleeding us dry before the constitutional questions can be answered," Dewberry said.
Trust chief executive David Edwards said, ``Nursing agency costs are bleeding us dry.
Government lawsuits are bleeding us dry, and costing enormous amounts of our tax dollars, to the benefit of no one.
This grotesque institution which has been bleeding us dry for centuries, really needed Lady Muckraker to add insult to the injury it inflicts daily on our democracy.
We taxpayers are faced with an horrendous debt, the benefit system is out of our control, Europe is bleeding us dry and there is no hope of a referendum to get us out.
It is paying for Gillett and Hicks to own our club and they are bleeding us dry in doing so.