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

Examples of bleed (someone/something) dry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His son stayed behind to fight the flames, though their communal water system, which fed 33 homes on the road, was about to bleed dry. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2020

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“Bleed (someone/something) dry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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