clean out (2)

INFORMAL

Meaning: If you have been cleaned out, all your money has been taken by someone, or spent on something.

For example:

  • clean sb out Putting a deposit on this new apartment has just about cleaned us out.

  • clean sb out The settlement Cherie got for their divorce has nearly cleaned Bob out.

Quick Quiz:

If someone cleans you out while you're playing cards with them, it means they have

a. tried to cheat you

b. lost all their money

c. won all your money

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Contributor: Matt Errey