take (one) to the cleaners

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take (one) to the cleaners

1. To cheat or swindle one for a lot or all of their money. Despite its meaning, the phrase as used often does not refer to actual cheating. It was my first time playing poker at the casino, and the more experienced players definitely took me to the cleaners. The con man made a living taking people to the cleaners with his scams.
2. To soundly defeat or best one; to succeed over one by a wide margin. This young team is taking the veteran squad to the cleaners tonight.
See also: cleaner, take

take someone to the cleaners

 
1. Sl. to take a lot of someone's money; to swindle someone. The lawyers took the insurance company to the cleaners, but I still didn't get enough to pay for my losses. The con artists took the old man to the cleaners.
2. Sl. to defeat or best someone. We took the other team to the cleaners. Look at the height they've got! They'll take us to the cleaners!
See also: cleaner, take

take to the cleaners

1. Take or cheat one out of all of one's money or possessions, as in Her divorce lawyer took him to the cleaners, or That broker has taken a number of clients to the cleaners. [Slang; early 1900s]
2. Drub, beat up, as in He didn't just push you-he took you to the cleaners. [Slang; early 1900s]
See also: cleaner, take

take somebody to the ˈcleaners

(informal)
1 make somebody lose a lot of money, often by cheating them: He’s heavily in debt — his ex-wife took him to the cleaners at the time of their divorce.
2 defeat somebody completely: Our team got taken to the cleaners.
See also: cleaner, somebody, take

take to the cleaners

Slang
To take all the money or possessions of, especially by outsmarting or swindling.
See also: cleaner, take
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Youngster Sarfaraz Khan took him to the cleaners in Bengaluru.
Stopper Murray had earlier been at fault for the Blue Brazil's 55th-minute opener when Stewart took him to the cleaners before firing into the bottom corner.
A TAXI driver was forced to sell his car valeting business when his suspicious ex-partner took him to the cleaners.
Canning showed that he's only human against Clare when Niall Gilligan took him to the cleaners - and he can't afford to give Mullane an inch.
The story reminds me of a number of Southern Region pro-ams I used to play in where the well-known bookie Joe Jennings, now betting on straighter contests in heaven, ran a book until stung by a trio of Leicestershire rogues who took him to the cleaners a few times.
But Allardyce is too big a manager to let this affect his team selection, and Taylor must be ruing the fact that in his last game in a black-and-white shirt he did not put Martin Petrov into row Z when the Bulgarian took him to the cleaners in making Manchester City's vital second goal in United's defeat at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Diandra took him to the cleaners and now his idea is better safe than sorry.
The same learning curve presumably via which Brazil substitute Denilson took him to the cleaners to set up Rivaldo's clinching third in Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat to football's samba kings in Cardiff.