take to the cleaners Rate this phrase:(0.00 / 0 votes)
To take a significant quantity of a person's money or valuables, through gambling, unfavorable investing, fraud, litigation, etc.

The city taxpayers were taken to the cleaners when they had to assume the debt of the Olympic games they hosted.

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