starve (someone or something) of (something)

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starve (someone or something) of (something)

To withhold some commodity or resource from someone or something to the detriment of that person or thing. Often used in passive constructions. The authoritarian government has been accused of starving its citizens of essential services in order to maximize how much money can be invested in its military. The hotel has been starved of short-term staff ever since the local college closed. The president, unable to ban the clinics due to the constitution, has instead opted to starve them of funds and impose intense restrictions on how they are allowed to operate.
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starve of

To deprive someone or something of some resource, resulting in its depletion: Doctors tried to destroy the cancerous cells by starving them of oxygen. The agency has been starved of money by people in Congress who oppose it.
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sorts/a sort
1. Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
2. Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
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BINGEING on box sets is starving us of sleep, with screens and smartphones screwing up body clocks.
"They are a big side and won at our place earlier this season by starving us of the ball and kicking penalties.
Here we are in the middle of one of the busiest months of sport in history (and if you don't believe me, name one meaningful sport that isn't active right now) and the vast majority of TV presenters, commentators and pundits are giving those of us who like to write smartarse, pithy pieces criticising them a problem by starving us of material.
I certainly never became a councillor to do this and feel angry at a government that is starving us of funds at the same time as the Chancellor claims that the economy under his stewardship is doing well.
It's feared the lack of enthusiasm for competitive sport could have a negative, effect in the future, starving us of top-flight sports stars.
They accepted the building had not been decorated for 12 years, but blamed West Midlands Magistrates' Courts Committee for 'starving us of funds'.