One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deprive someone of (something) in an underhand or unfair way.‘she was always chasing him about money, as if he was trying to do her out of her share’
swindle out of, cheat out of, trick out of, prevent from having, prevent from gaining, deprive of, dispossess of, rob of, strip of, relieve ofView synonyms
- ‘The Australian controllers are doing them out of a job.’
- ‘They both laughed when I told them how much I had paid for it, saying I had been done out of a gold piece.’
- ‘Senior officers in MI6 feel deeply threatened by this technology because it effectively does them out of a job.’
- ‘‘Because all the other detox models have a full 24-hour-a-day doctor presence, some doctors think we're doing them out of a job,’ Maxwell says.’
- ‘You're doing them out of their bread-and-butter here.’
- ‘He also alleged that he had been done out of 60 million shares by one of the bank's three largest shareholders.’
- ‘The man would not do you out of a cent and it would certainly not have been his intention to rob anyone.’
- ‘Also, I can't imagine that professional caddies will like them as they could do them out of employment.’
- ‘He became convinced that other officers were doing him out of his just rewards: the prize money for capturing enemy ships.’
- ‘German resellers are the least worried in Europe that large retailers could do them out of business and sales.’
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