take (someone) to the cleaners

Definition of take (someone) to the cleaners

informal

  1. :  to get all or most of the money or possessions of (someone) usually in a dishonest or unfair way I heard that his ex-wife really took him to the cleaners in the divorce.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

cleanerplay cleaners
  1. :  one whose work is cleaning

    :  dry cleaner

    :  a preparation for cleaning


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