the goods on (someone or something)

the goods on (someone or something)

1. Scandalous, incriminating, or otherwise damaging information about someone or something. The drug dealer claims to have the goods on the mob boss, and he's willing to share them with police in exchange for immunity. The exposé dishes out the goods on the secretive conglomeration that has been in control of industry for the last 40 years.
2. Detailed, instructive information about something. We've got the goods on the latest release in the hugely popular franchise. After many months cloaked in mystery, the company is finally ready to serve p the goods on its latest acquisition to investors.
See also: good, on

*the goods on (someone)

something potentially damaging or embarrassing about someone. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ∼.) John beat me unfairly in tennis, but I'll get even. I'll get the goods on him and his cheating. The authorities are going to get the goods on Mr. Smith. He has been selling worthless land again.
See also: good, on