Definition of bleed someone/something dry (or white) in English:

bleed someone/something dry (or white)


  • Drain someone or something of wealth or resources.

    ‘this car has been bleeding me dry’
    ‘the industry had been bled dry by piracy’
    • ‘These SOBs use any excuse to bleed physicians dry and you have no recourse to fight because it is their game with their rules.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Uncle Junior's defense team is bleeding him dry in his upcoming Rico trial.’
    • ‘The payday lenders are analogous to drug dealers, addicting their clients, then bleeding them dry, and ultimately leaving behind blighted communities.’
    • ‘If the forces immediately outside London are bled dry as a result of an attempt to switch finance from one part of the country to another, ultimately, the risks of doing that will be enormous.’
    • ‘They were the men who took money off him, who bled him dry.’
    • ‘There is a question that is always asked at this point: Why did the Soviet Union, bled white by the hard war against Germany, actively participate in the rout of Japan?’
    • ‘I didn't hear a peep for hours - enabling me to sit at my kitchen table and count all the precious pennies I had saved by not taking them to any of those places that bleed you dry from the moment you arrive.’
    • ‘Water bosses are not the only ones bleeding us dry.’
    • ‘She went on to say that if the only reason for opening another pub was to make money then considerate Ireland was dead and gone because it had been bled dry through a desire for making money.’
    • ‘Eighteen years' chronic underinvestment in our public services and infrastructures has bled Wales dry.’
    • ‘But what it wants most of all is an immediate federal cap on wholesale electricity price rises so that all those Texan power companies bleeding California dry can be stopped.’
    • ‘I think we are top-heavy and the Government is bleeding us dry.’
    • ‘The attorney said that they bled Limbaugh dry, but also said the money involved was ‘about several hundred thousand dollars’.’
    • ‘Apparently she is nicknamed ‘the vampire’ for eating up millionaires, bleeding them dry and spitting them out again.’’
    • ‘The Chancellor's annual £5bn raid on pension funds has bled them white, significantly contributing to the pensions crisis.’
    • ‘It's nice to tell immigrants to stay away while you bleed their home countries dry of natural resources and support corrupt governments.’
    • ‘‘Sabena has bled Swissair dry,’ said a European airline analysts.’
    • ‘I don't have all the answers, nor do I have the money for the council tax which is bleeding us all dry.’
    • ‘They will bleed us dry in subsidies and legitimise a lot of the riff-raff coming here in the back of lorries.’
    • ‘She's one of the best, but she'll try to bleed us dry.’
    • ‘Once you've hooked them then you can bleed them dry by selling the high-margin component of the product.’
    • ‘What we did not know was that our hard-earned money was used to propup the pariahs who were bleeding this country dry.’
    • ‘Argan's woes are further added to by his scheming wife and her attempts to bleed him dry of his fortune.’
    • ‘Then he says Joseph had stated he intended to ‘bleed Mr McKenna dry’, before noting that during the case some of Joseph's editorial board resigned.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the studio is bleeding you dry in distribution charges because, no matter how unfair it is, you can't get the 2,000 screens you need without them.’
    • ‘This meant bleeding public services dry and crushing the hopes that people had that ‘things would get better’.’