drain (someone or something) of (something)

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drain (someone or something) of (something)

1. To cause someone or something to lose some ability or quality, often energy. Eleanor has such a pessimistic attitude that being around her just drains me of energy.
2. To empty or remove something (often a liquid) from something else. I always have to drain this soup of its broth because my daughter only likes the noodles.
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drain someone or something of something

Fig. to exhaust someone or something of something, such as energy, motivation, etc. This day has drained me of all my motivation. The first performance drained the cast of all its energy.
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drain something of something

to empty something out of something. He drained the glass of the remaining beer.
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In this special issue of Geographical, we focus on the issue of water scarcity, reporting on the increasingly bloody fight for water in Kenya's Rift Valley, investigating the plight of farmers in the desert regions of India, taking an in-depth look at the state of the world's water resources and looking at a plan to drain one of Africa's most precious wildlife refuges in order to improve the flow of the White Nile.
Very often they go to the US," said Geoghegan-Quinn, who appears to be making the fight against the EU's continuing brain drain one of her priorities.