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take someone to the cleaners

Slang definitions & phrases for take someone to the cleaners

send someone to the cleaners

verb phrase

To defraud of all or most of someone's money (1907+)


take someone to the cleaners

verb phrase

To win or otherwise acquire all or very much of someone's money, esp at gambling, in a lawsuit or business deal, etc; CLEAN someone OUT: Smarten up, Chrystie, take him to the cleaners/ Ephron did not take him to the cleaners in the divorce (1949+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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