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Bleed

1. To lose money in a venture or investment over time. Bleeding may occur fast or slowly, but never improves. See also: Stop the bleeding.

2. To extract an excessively high price in a transaction or venture under threat of force or some other harm. Bleeding in this sense is illegal.
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He suffered and toiled and sweated and bled, and exulted when his naked knuckles smashed home.
He bled freely, but showed no signs of being disconcerted.
Hardyman bled the dog, and brought him to his senses directly.
He was awful scared but I wasn't killed nor my back wasn't broken but my nose bled something awful and kept on bleeding for three days.
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