screw someone out of

screw someone out of

Cheat, deceive, or defraud someone, as in They screwed me out of my overtime pay again. It is often rendered in the passive, be or get screwed , meaning "be cheated, deceived, or defrauded." For example, We're getting screwed by this new income tax regulation. [Slang; c. 1900]
See also: of, out, screw