drain

I. drain drain 1 [dreɪn] noun [countable usually singular]
a drain on something something that continuously uses up a lot of money, time, or effort:

• This project has been a serious drain on our financial resources.

  [m0] II. drain drain 2 verb [transitive]
to use too much of something so that there is not enough left:

• The high cost of road maintenance is draining funds from the local government budget.

• Huge imports were draining the country's currency reserves.

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drain UK US /dreɪn/ noun [C, usually singular]
something that uses too much of your energy, money, or time: »

Having a big mortgage is a real drain on your earnings.

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Unexpected repairs to the building have been a huge drain on our financial resources.

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The company's pension liability has become a cash drain.

down the drain — Cf. down the drain
See also BRAIN DRAIN(Cf. ↑brain drain)
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drain UK US /dreɪn/ verb
[T] to reduce or remove a large amount of something: drain sth from sth »

The government is enforcing a deal that allows it to drain billions from miners' pension schemes.

drain reserves/resources »

They took on work that was not profitable, draining cash resources.

[I] to disappear gradually: »

How can we make sure business does not drain out of the country?

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The riches lured in too much competition and profits are now beginning to drain away.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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