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the well has run dry

The entire supply (of something) has been used up or is no longer available. Can be used of a literal or figurative resource. A: "I'll take another beer, please." B: "Sorry, Bob, the well's run dry. We're waiting on our next delivery before we'll get anymore." The first book was wildly imaginative, full of interesting characters and plot twists. By the sixth book in the series, however, it was clear that the author's well of ideas had run dry. A: "Tommy's got plenty of money in his trust fund, so he'll be able to pay for it." B: "Nope, the well's run dry—my parents have cut me off from accessing the account."
See also: dry, run, well

well's run dry, the

A supply or resource has been exhausted, as in There's no more principal left; the well's run dry, or There's not another novel in her; the well's run dry. This expression likens an underground water source to other plentiful sources. Benjamin Franklin used it in Poor Richard's Almanack (1757).
See also: run

well's run dry, the

A plentiful source has been used up. The word “well” for an underground water source has been used figuratively since 1400. This expression appeared in Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack (1757) and may have been original with him: “When the well’s dry, they know the worth of water.”
See also: run
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BILLY CHARLTON, Middlesbrough The well's run dry for taxpayers' cash IWITH regard to our local authorities' failure to collect PS12m in council tax, Middlesbrough Labour councillor Nicky Walker, momentarily dropped her guard when she said people simply cannot afford to pay it (The Gazette 14.08.18).
The well's run dry. Labour will have to make do with what people can afford!
ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS C4 5.45PM The well's run dry for for Manny the mammoth and Sid the sloth.
THE WELL'S RUN DRY Lasley, Ramsden and Murphy are left dejected as Randolph picks the ball out of the net following Mavrias goal that put Panathinaikos 4-0 up on aggregate HE'S BEST CHAR NONE Mavrias takes the plaudits from Sissoko and Vitolo after scoring Pana's second goal on a night that saw the travelling Motherwell fans outsing the Greeks
"Just, the well's run dry. It's hard to even express emotions anymore," her brother, Shaun Jackenheimer, told WCTI.
He has uncapped a well of bile and discontent beyond his worst nightmares and, like oil, it's gushing out and won't be stopped until the well's run dry.