take the shirt off (one's) back

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take the shirt off (one's) back

To unscrupulously take large quantities of money from one and cause one hardship. Those contractors will take the shirt off your back if you hire them. I mean, I paid them an exorbitant amount for shoddy work.
See also: back, off, shirt, take
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He added: "They nearly took the shirt off my back, it gets a bit scary.