suck (someone or something) dry

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suck (someone or something) dry

To take all of the resources that another person or thing has available. This phrase is often applied to money. Paying for my kids' education is just sucking me dry. I hope I'll still be able to afford retirement some day! Overhead costs are sucking our business dry. We need to come up with a different way of doing things.
See also: dry, suck
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Some of our so-called leaders need to understand that while they may have fooled the Lebanese people into acquiescence through false promises and declarations while they suck them dry of their lifeblood, the international community is not one that will tolerate such abhorrent behavior.
The Islamic Republic is very anxious to develop such fields before the Iraqis can suck them dry. Shana said Iraq is currently pumping 175,000 barrels a day from its side of the field or 3 1/2 times Iran's output.
(4) Chinese rivers have been vanishing since the 1990s as demand from farms and factories has helped suck them dry. Of the ones that remain, 75 percent are severely polluted, and more than a third of those are so toxic they can't be used to irrigate farms, according to a 2008 report by the Chinese government.
We are here to serve the public, not suck them dry.
It remains glossy teen fodder though and has a light touch thanks to some musical montages that manage to pump some blood into proceedings rather than suck them dry.
Once they know they have a rich punter like her they suck them dry and yet the Mr Big is often sat thousands of miles away just counting his return.
Mr Munterfering is a socialist politician who won much applause during the German election a cou-ple of years ago by denouncing private equity companies as "locusts" who descend on worthy German companies suck them dry and spit out the husks.
The truth is that men no longer have any rights at all thanks to greedy women who suck them dry, take them for everything they can get and then dump them when they have no more use for them