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"To get money off (something)" can be used when talking about deals and discounts, for example:

You can get money off drinks if you order a full course dinner.

However, can I use the same expression when talking about someone gaining money from someone else? Examples:

Don't trust everything she says, she's just trying to get money off you.

Don't trust everything she says, she's just trying to get money off of you.

Are these two uses correct? If so, which one should be preferred?

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  • get money off of someone is to get someone's money. gain money is not right.
    – Lambie
    Jul 16, 2020 at 16:48

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All of your examples are technically correct/acceptable. I don't think anyone would misunderstand you. However, I don't think any of them would be preferred when talking about a person.

Whenever someone uses "get money off" when talking about deals/discounts, it usually is meant in the context of "money deducted from a total cost" or "money off the total". To use it when talking about a person is understandable, but it isn't how I suspect most people would phrase it.

I think most people would say "They are just trying to get money from you". The money is something you possess and they need to get it from you. If that makes sense.

There is also a less formal, more slang, "They are just trying to get money out of you". This slang version has a perceived tone of deception or bad intentions on the part of the person trying to get the money. I believe this comes from an expression, but that is a whole other topic.

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