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I have read the following sentence:

Si descubro que un solo dólar de contribuyentes estadounidenses fue a parar a esas prostitutas, se las verás conmigo.

I know that "verse con alguien" here means "to deal with somebody"/"to have problems with somebody", but what does "las" refer to in this sentence? "Esas prostitutas"? That does not make sense to me.

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It's an idiom. The object "las" doesn't represent anything specific in the sentence. It's just part of the expression.

Here are some dictionary entries for vérselas:

Oxford Lexico:

tener un enfrentamiento con alguien o algo

Si no dejas de insultarme, te las verás conmigo.

Word Reference:

enfrentarse a alguien: confront, speak with, deal with

Mi abuelo es un hombre severo: si sigues fastidiándolo, te las verás con él.

I think a better usage example would be

Hay que respetar a la mamá. Si no, te las verás conmigo. You need to respect your mother. If you don't, you'll have me to answer to.

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