bleed (someone/something) dry

idiom

Definition of bleed (someone/something) dry

: to take or command all of one's resources (as money or energy)
  • Many businesses complain that the new taxes are bleeding them dry.
  • These wars are bleeding the economy dry.
  • computer applications that draw so much power they bleed system resources dry

Word by Word Definitions

bleed play
  1. : to emit or lose blood

  2. : to sacrifice one's blood especially in battle

  3. : to feel anguish, pain, or sympathy

  1. : printed matter (such as an illustration) that bleeds

  2. : the escape of blood from vessels : hemorrhage

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

dry play
  1. : free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water

  2. : not being in or under water

  3. : lacking precipitation or humidity

  1. : to make dry (see 1dry)

  2. : to become dry

  1. : the condition of being dry (see 1dry) : dryness

  2. : something dry

  3. : prohibitionist


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