screw someone out of

screw (one) out of (something)

To con, cheat, swindle, or unfairly deprive one out of something that one owns, deserves, or has earned. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "screw" and "over." The referee really screwed us out of a victory with that terrible penalty! He has a very successful business, but his partner screwed him out of everything he'd earned over the years.
See also: of, out, screw
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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, someone
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.
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