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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LAST week I suggested bet365 would take a hit if all five home favourites in the Premiership did the business and there were plenty of punters who took us to the cleaners at odds of around 14-1 for the accumulator.
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Parry said: "When we played Charlton here last season they took us to the cleaners but we played a little differently when we went to their place and took a point --and we are still playing that way.
Blue Square were delighted by Danny Koevermans's consolation which foiled bets on the home team to win to nil, but Ladbrokes's Robin Hutchison was not happy with the Anfield result: "Punters took us to the cleaners," he said.
Inevitably it was an afternoon of despair and humiliation as the topflight new boys took us to the cleaners.
It may not have been the most imaginative game plan in the world, but it took us to the cleaners and allowed them to win with something to spare.
Coventry well and truly took us to the cleaners at their place, they're on a record run of victories and we realise the magnitude of our task this weekend,' he said.
com managing director, Lee Richardson, said: "Many Scots took us to the cleaners during Euro 2000.
Spokesman Leon Blanche said: "It was the worst possible result and punters took us to the cleaners.
It was a disastrous result for us when he won the Troytown earlier in the season - he took us to the cleaners then and Tony Martin is looking to do it again.
England came down here in 2003 with a near second-string side and they took us to the cleaners in that department and condemned the boys to a humiliating defeat.