take to the cleaners
phrasal to deprive of money or possessons ; clean out

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • take to the cleaners — ► take to the cleaners informal 1) defraud of a large portion of money or resources. 2) inflict a crushing defeat on. Main Entry: ↑cleaner …   English terms dictionary

  • take to the cleaners — take (someone) to the cleaners to cheat someone of money. Some people say the company took them to the cleaners by charging double for some services …   New idioms dictionary

  • take to the cleaners — take (someone) to the cleaners informal : to get all or most of someone s money or possessions usually in a dishonest or unfair way I heard that his ex wife really took him to the cleaners [=cleaned him out] in the divorce. • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take to the cleaners —    to rob or cheat    The process thoroughly removes all surplus matter:     Dantzler s sporting a new Ferrari, braggin on the street how he took some cowboy to the cleaners. (Diehl, 1978) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • take to the cleaners — 1) win all someone s money He went to Las Vegas and was taken to the cleaners by the card dealers. 2) (smb) take all of someone s money or cheat someone He was taken to the cleaners when he decided to buy the series of books from the salesman.… …   Idioms and examples

  • take to the cleaners — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To win all the money another person has (as in poker). * /Watch out if you play poker with Joe; he ll take you to the cleaners./ 2. To cheat a person out of his money and possessions by means of a crooked business… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take to the cleaners — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To win all the money another person has (as in poker). * /Watch out if you play poker with Joe; he ll take you to the cleaners./ 2. To cheat a person out of his money and possessions by means of a crooked business… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take\ to\ the\ cleaners — v. phr. slang 1. To win all the money another person has (as in poker). Watch out if you play poker with Joe; he ll take you to the cleaners. 2. To cheat a person out of his money and possessions by means of a crooked business transaction or… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • take to the cleaners — verb To take a significant quantity of a persons money or valuables, through gambling, unfavorable investing, fraud, litigation, etc. The judge took me to the cleaners in the divorce ruling …   Wiktionary

  • take to the cleaners —    If someone is taken to the cleaners, they lose a lot of money in an unfair way, usually by being robbed or cheated.     When the company Tom had invested in went bankrupt, he realized he had been taken to the cleaners …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • take to the cleaners — idi+sts Slang. to take all the money or property of …   From formal English to slang

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