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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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New York, May 16 ( ANI ): Mankind is draining the earth's resources so quickly that the globe would be bled dry before the end of the century at this rate, a new report has revealed.
Elsewhere many pumps had run out of fuel completely after being bled dry by drivers fearful of the prospect of strike action by tanker drivers.
Mr Crow said: "With the NHS running out of beds, commuters bled dry and VAT sent sky high, they are still partying like it's 1999 down in the Square Mile while Vince Cable and the ConDem Government stand idly by.
And we all know the terrible toll paying for private residential care can exact on families, the way some ailing people have had to sell the roof over their heads to pay for a carer, bled dry despite having paid taxes all their lives.
Being bled dry by Essex's answer to Gollum for starters, my pretty.
Teachers will be increasingly faced with the unteachable and the welfare state will be bled dry.
We, the taxpayers of this country, are being bled dry by this incompetent Government.
Punters - who are being bled dry - should vote with their feet.
The 58-year-old, whose bank account was bled dry by her carer, has been sent a signed City shirt by the club and a DVD featuring some of her favourite players.
Fathers who fund their own cases are bled dry - they go to court, only to find that half of all contact orders are broken and the courts fail to enforce them.
IS the National Health Service being bled dry by its own incompetence?