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suck sb/sth dry

(also suck the life out of sb/sth)
to remove all useful, valuable qualities or possessions from a person, thing, or place: That firm sucks its new programmers dry after five years and then fires them. Big cities suck the surrounding towns dry of local talent. Out-of-town stores have sucked the life out of the city centre.
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