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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References in classic literature ?
All this while the horn was not idle, for it went round so constantly, now full, now empty, like the bucket of a water-wheel, that it soon drained one of the two wine-skins that were in sight.
Sheldon McGrath drained one of two free throws with 1:36 left to end a three-minute scoring drought for the Wildcats (8-2), but a putback by Kiner 22 seconds later brought Chester within three at 45-42.
It was not one of those charges into disaster that pockmarked his start to that campaign and drained one of football's deepest wells of confidence.
Down, 44-50 near the end of the third period, Lee drained one of his triples to end the quarter and then nailed another to open the fourth as the Philippines tied it all up at 50 before completing a 23-6 surge that put the game beyond reach of the Taiwanese.
Starks made both free throws, drained one of his career-high five three-pointers, and Brandt followed with two mid-range jumpers.
The teams fought back and forth until Mike Arbortoko drained one of two free throws with a minute left to push the Southbridge lead to five.
Bryant was guilty of that late in the third quarter, with the Lakers leading 56-54, and the Spurs got the ball and a piece of the lead when the Spurs' Jackson drained one of his jumpers.
Then, the Bulldogs Blake Drue was sent to the free-throw line where he drained one of two free throws.