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cleaner

[klee-ner] /ˈkli nər/
noun
1.
a person who cleans, especially one whose regular occupation is cleaning offices, buildings, equipment, etc.
2.
an apparatus or machine for cleaning, as a vacuum cleaner.
3.
a preparation for use in cleaning, as a detergent or chemical bleach.
4.
the owner or operator of a dry-cleaning establishment:
The cleaner said he couldn't get the spot off my coat.
5.
Usually, cleaners. a dry-cleaning establishment:
My suit is at the cleaners.
Idioms
6.
take to the cleaners, Slang. to cause to lose all or a great deal of one's money or personal property, as through gambling or a bad investment:
He got taken to the cleaners in the poker game last night.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English clener. See clean, -er1
Related forms
precleaner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for take to the cleaners

cleaner

/ˈkliːnə/
noun
1.
a person, device, chemical agent, etc, that removes dirt, as from clothes or carpets
2.
(usually pl) a shop, etc that provides a dry-cleaning service
3.
(informal) take a person to the cleaners, to rob or defraud a person of all of his money
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Word Origin and History for take to the cleaners

cleaner

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with take to the cleaners
.
Take or cheat one out of all of one's money or possessions, as in Her divorce lawyer took him to the cleaners, or That broker has taken a number of clients to the cleaners. [ ; early 1900s ]
.
Drub, beat up, as in He didn't just push you—he took you to the cleaners. [ ; early 1900s ]
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