drain of resources

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A survey before starting the budget-making exercise, Mahmood said, is a right step towards rectification of the flaws consistently committed in the past and resulted in the drain of resources.
The Slaughterhouse was put into liquidation just under two weeks ago, with directors describing it as "a drain of resources".
Moreover, the greater the drain of resources from the private sector, arguably, the lower the growth potential of the economy.
"We see real opportunity in small business," he said, "and we're going to put a lot of energy into that starting later this year." But Jobs conceded that the enterprise productivity market belongs to Wintel: "A frontal assault on it would be a tremendous drain of resources without much probability of success." The new client operating system, Mac OS X, is on track for release later this year.
Police departments used surveillance units with great success in the 1970s and 1980s, but today's personnel shortages, coupled with the intensive drain of resources to fight the drug epidemic, have eliminated most crime surveillance units.