get the goods on (someone)

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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get (or have) the goods on someone

obtain (or possess) information about a person which may be used to their detriment. informal
See also: get, good, on, someone
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get the goods on someone

tv. to uncover incriminating evidence against someone. The IRS tried to get the goods on Rocko, but Rocko knows all the angles.
See also: get, good, on, someone
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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