took me to the cleaners

Took me to the cleaners or take me to the cleaners is another way of saying someone has been cheated by someone else, typically in a way they were swindled and had money stolen from them in a very deceitful way. This is also used when you are defeated or bested by someone. Most often, taking someone to the cleaners means to trick or swindle someone out of large amounts of money for your own personal gain.