bleed someone white

bleed someone dry = bleed someone white

drain someone of all their money or resources.

Since the late 17th century bleeding has been a metaphor for extorting money from someone. White refers to the physiological effect of losing blood.

1982 - William Haggard - The Mischief-Makers – Her husband had been a wealthy man, the lady's solicitors sharp and ruthless and her husband had been bled white to get rid of her.

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