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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What do you think of my being, at the present moment, under special orders to squeeze you dry on Monday?
We don't want to go the way of dairy, where processors and retailers know all about your margins and input costs, and so can squeeze you dry," he said.