Definition of suck someone dry in US English:

suck someone dry


  • Exhaust someone's physical, material, or emotional resources.

    • ‘I kicked my girlfriend out of my apartment at college because since we moved in together she has been sucking me dry of money.’
    • ‘So what keeps me here on Long Island, in a place where I can barely afford to live, where the house we bought one year ago this week cost nearly half a million dollars and sucks us dry with property and school taxes?’
    • ‘Now the mortgage is finally paid off and he no longer has any children sucking him dry for allowance, tuition and other costly fees.’
    • ‘No problem, Bob: the ruling classes are sucking us dry, and the sooner the workers wrest the means of production from them and reclaim their dignity, the better.’
    • ‘They are all destitute, since the corporation has already sucked them dry.’
    • ‘Of course, when your company is based upon the idea of your customers sucking you dry via a multi-level marketing scheme, there's nowhere to go but up.’
    • ‘The government, the university and the corporations involved must work very hard to put people with little money into a significant and glorious debt and suck them dry for 10 years ensuing.’
    • ‘They've ripped out our hearts and sucked us dry financially.’
    • ‘The empty state coffers, both literally and figuratively, combined with the raised public expectations, reveal how much Georgia has been sucked dry by state bribery and gangland criminality.’
    • ‘She left my apartment and as soon as she was out the door, so was I. I walked across Bleeker and down West 4th to the square and I passed some of the NYU buildings that sucked me dry of my humanity.’
    drain, exhaust, sap, deplete, deprive, milk, bleed, fleece, empty, reduce, squeeze
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