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do someone out of something
to swindle something away from someone; to defraud someone of a right or of property. Are you trying to do me out of what's mine? Max tried to do her out of everything she had. I did myself out of a week's vacation by quitting when I did.
do somebody out of something
to cheat someone of something of value The CEO's theft of company funds did many workers out of thousands of dollars in retirement benefits.
do out of
Cheat or deprive someone of something. For example, Jane tried to do me out of my inheritance but the lawyer wouldn't let her. [Early 1800s]