He was done brown. Completely bamboozled or made a fool of.
This is a variety of the many expressions of a similar meaning
connected with cooking, such as “I gave him a roasting,” “I cooked his
goose,” “I cut him into mince-meat,” “I put him into a pretty stew,”
“I settled his hash,” “He was dished up,” “He was well dressed”
[drubbed], “He was served out,” etc. (See Cooking.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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