squeeze (one) dry

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squeeze (one) dry

To use force or pressure to exploit someone for as much money, information, manpower, etc., as someone has or is able to give. We were hoping to start our own business, but those loan sharks squeezed us dry with insanely high interest rates. Interrogators are planning to squeeze the captured spy dry for all the information he may have about the enemy's plans.
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ˌsqueeze somebody ˈdry

get as much money, information, etc. out of somebody as you can: The war, as well as the economic sanctions imposed by foreign powers, have squeezed the economy dry.
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Leave for half an hour, tossing occasionally, then squeeze dry in a teatowel.
Rinse in cold water, squeeze dry, then whizz in a food processor with lemon zest, mascarpone, garlic and seasoning.
Rinse greens with cool water, squeeze dry and chop them roughly.
Instead of increasing taxes, the city government should have cut back on spending and looked for other sources of revenues and not squeeze dry the people," the group said in a statement.
Rinse under cold running water and gently squeeze dry using your hands, then set aside.
Soften the gelatine in cold water, squeeze dry, then whisk into the wine syrup; set aside.
Slice cabbage and boil for 2 mins, cool and squeeze dry.
BLANCH nettles, squeeze dry, and substitute for basil in your
Pour over freshly boiled water to wilt it, then refresh under cold water and gently squeeze dry.
If we continue with our current Argentina policy, the people of the world will see America as an ally of right-wing political elites that want to squeeze dry the entrepreneurial classes in order to salvage the solvency of bankrupt states.
In accordance with their plan to squeeze dry fanatical fans who can't get to see their team play, next week, at a special reduced rate of only pounds 5, there is live grass-growing from St James' Park (Sky Box Office 2, 9am-5pm) for all the Newcastle fans missing the Magpies and having to make do with an England match.
Remove the chilis from the water, squeeze dry and place in a blender with enough of the soaking water to make a smooth paste, then tip into a clean saucepan.
Soak the gelatine in cold water till it blooms, squeeze dry.
Lift out and squeeze dry Carefully pour morel soaking broth into a glass measure without disturbing sediment; leave sediment behind and discard.