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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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There are no power ballads here - Outsider is the stand-out track - and by the time the bittersweet Happy Now and ridiculously infectious Safe From Harm roll around, Young's heart appears to have bled dry.
Mr Crow said: "With the NHS running out of beds and flu vaccine, 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."
Action to establish a proper basis for the funding of racing is needed before the sport is bled dry.
Our welfare state must be one of the finest in the world but it would appear that it is being bled dry.
According to Josephus, after Herod's death representatives of the Jewish aristocracy went to Rome to plead for the country, as it had been bled dry by taxes.
I wonder how much the government and car industry think they can milk from the motorist who is being bled dry by demands from all sides?
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.
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.
Showalter says he has "bled dry" Pan studies with the Voyager images.