The reflex is to say China is going to take us to the cleaners, right?
Just not at the investors who were taken to the cleaners by Bernie Madoff.
cleaners at dawn preparing a mosque for a handful of worshippers.
mid-15c., agent noun from clean (v.). Meaning "shop that cleans clothes" is from 1873. To take (someone) to the cleaners "get all of (someone's) money" is from 1921.