get the goods on


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get the goods on (someone)

To obtain incriminating evidence or proof against someone. We know he's guilty, but we can't arrest him until we get the goods on him.
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get the goods on

Also, have the goods on. Acquire or possess confidential information about someone, especially of a damaging or incriminating kind. For example, "Trouble is, they've got the goods on me" (Owen Johnson, The Lawrenceville Stories, 1909). [Slang; 1870s] Also see get on one.
See also: get, good, on