take (someone) to the cleaners
Definition of take (someone) to the cleaners
: 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
: 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
: a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment
: a distinct treatment or variation
: an act or the action of taking: such as
: some person : somebody
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