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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.
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Sucked dry by corruption, it is a dead horse that is still being flogged for that last lap of the race.
With rainfall patterns around the world already changing, glaciers retreating and aquifers being sucked dry, it's really just a question of when and where the first water war will erupt.
The meek and the taxpayers shall inherit a country sucked dry and their children will carry this unbearable fiscal cross.
The pictures he showed me said only one thing: The vulnerable patients, at the mercy of unscrupulous elements, were being sucked dry, in more senses than one.
Thus, it is a travesty that it is being sucked dry, particularly by Israeli farms, and, as a result, may not be there anymore in a few decades time.
"You can't ask for more taxes in an already overtaxed country, in a market that has been sucked dry, with economic activity at zero and a huge recession," he said in a statement.
If the fund is sucked dry, there will be nothing left if things get worse or if the economy doesn't recover quickly enough.
In fact, there's a very good chance that by the time the survivors stories have been sucked dry of every talk show, book deal and Hollywood film, we'll be sick to the back teeth of it all.
Cerasulo buries the myth of the literary genius sucked dry by the studios.
Divine Spirit renews us when we seem sucked dry of inspiration and joy.
and the British Emergency Broadcasting Service - return, although they've been pretty much sucked dry of comedy potential already.
Liverpool and Manchester United are being slowly sucked dry by superannuated leeches.
I saw corrupt men lecture on integrity; militia men praise the state of institutions; and gluttonous men ready to pounce on the remaining ministries, administrations, and the remains of a cow that has sucked dry by pirates.
The script is sucked dry of compelling emotion and occasional narrative detours, like the tourist who thinks she recognises Taylor as a bad man from her past, just delays the inevitable bloodshed.