Meaning of “take sb to the cleaner's” in the English Dictionary

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"take sb to the cleaner's" in British English

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take sb to the cleaner's


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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)