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English definition of “take sb to the cleaner's”

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take sb to the cleaner's

informal
to get a lot of money from someone, usually by cheating them: Paul was really taken to the cleaner's on that deal. to defeat someone by a very large amount: In the second half, United were really taken to the cleaner's, and they finally lost the match 6–1.
(Definition of take sb to the cleaner's from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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