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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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Chronically underfunded for more than two decades--and bled dry by $4 billion in cuts in the past two years--California schools trail the national per-pupil spending average.
The amendment ensures $10 billion in state relief to avert Medicaid cuts that would have bled dry the already fiscally ailing nursing home industry, leaving elderly and disabled residents without quality care.
The programme should help revive an economy bled dry from eight years of war and three years of economic embargo in the 1990s that destroyed basic infrastructure and economic fabric, and displaced large numbers of people.
And so for a generation, the city's neighborhoods have been bled dry, shelling out massive tax outlays to pay the salaries of the highest-paid public officials in the country and underwriting some of the most expensive boondoggles.
The partnership, which would be a 50/50 venture, comes at a time when Euro broadcasters are being bled dry by escalating sports rights fees.
As an industry, we are making major leaps into alternate care services, which could help to curb the expenses that some components of the healthcare market have bled dry.
aid, recently ratified again by bipartisan consensus; Honduras and Costa Rica, descending into the abyss from their varying altitudes of economic wellbeing, rapidly in the former instance, more decorously in the latter; Guatemala, as depraved a tyranny as ever behind the fig leaf of Cerezo's regime and its criers such as Paul Reichler in Washington; Nicaragua, bled dry after six years of war and shattered by the hurricane.
Duterte, too, seeks to 'modernize' a society that continues to be bled dry by dynastic, parasitic elite families; he, too, seeks to pacify active (if relatively weaker) resistance movements.
uk: "For the sake of people being bled dry by a government that thinks it has a divine right to rule, we cannot go on like this.
Add to that the cost of vanity boob jobs, gastric bands and tummy tucks plus the vast sums wasted on bureaucracy and it's no wonder the NHS is being bled dry.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The true scale of the way the railways here in Britain are being used as a cash cow to hold down fares and improve services across the rest of Europe will shock passengers as they prepare for another week of being crammed into creaking cattle trucks while being bled dry when they pay for their ticket.
PUB landlords bled dry by sky-high rents and beer costs want powers to break free and shake up the industry.