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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Parasitic humanoids which fed on entire civilisations, sucking them dry.
There are surprising examples of species co-existing (small birds nesting in the huge webs of social spiders in Africa); examples of different shapes of homes (termites building flattened mounds to possibly help their food stores dry out faster after seasonal flooding); examples of animals selecting building materials by certain sizes (caddisfly larva picking out specific sizes of sand grains), manipulating building materials for stability (mud daubers and swallows vibrating mud as they build, to achieve uniform consistency and prevent cracking), even parasites that manipulate their host's building behavior (parasitic wasps forcing spiders to spin cocoon webs before sucking them dry)!
The head of Islamian intelligence and his brother are determined to bring a better way of life to the people and prevent "the scorpions" (oil-consuming heavyweights like the US and China) from sucking them dry and then abandoning them.
As to why it is happening here, the village pub owners will blame the big breweries for sucking them dry in terms of profits.
Many Bank Bali staff see it as a foreign invader bent on sucking them dry.
"Oooo, look at all those," she said as the microbes darted across a slide covered with human blood and attacked the red cells, sucking them dry.