Bleed

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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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But the greater risk, surely, is that the housing department continues to bleed dry the council's finances and fails to deliver quality homes into the bargain.
Divide, conquer and bleed dry; that's the sequence of events in a good invasion and you can't blame them for trying if we are weak enough and stupid enough to let them.
Body of Lies follows CIA agents Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) and Ed Hoffman (Crowe) trying to track down a Bin Laden-type cleric who is promising to "bleed dry" America's European allies.