beat the hell out of

beat the hell out of someone

 and beat the living daylights out of someone ; beat the pants off (of) someone; beat the shit out of someone; beat the socks off (of) someone; beat the stuffing out of someone; beat the tar out of someone
1. Fig. to defeat someone very badly. (Caution: the use of the word shit is considered vulgar and is offensive to many people. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Our team beat the hell out of the other side. We beat the stuffing out of the other side.
2. Fig. Inf. to batter someone severely. (Alludes to physical violence, not the removal of someone's pants. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The thugs beat the living daylights out of their victim. If you do that again, I'll beat the pants off of you. Before the boxing match Max said he would beat the socks off Lefty.
See also: beat, hell, of, out

beat the hell out of somebody

1. to hit someone hard and repeatedly Bill beat the hell out of me after we started arguing over a girl.
2. to completely defeat someone It's a thrill to beat the hell out of another team in front of 20,000 screaming fans.
Related vocabulary: (it) beats me
See also: beat, hell, of, out

beat the hell out of something

to be much better than something It wasn't much of a plan, but it beat the hell out of sitting around the office waiting for something to happen.
See also: beat, hell, of, out
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The PCAOB's McDonough, speaking off the cuff at the conclusion of the SEC's roundtable, said bluntly, "They know fully well that if they do something wrong, especially if it involved moral turpitude, we will beat the hell out of them.
It shows how basically two people, a lawyer and a research assistant, take on the second-biggest corporation in California with $32 billion and beat the hell out of them,'' he said.
He added, ``The main thing I am concerned about is the public's understanding that because you've got a giant company against you, if you have the will and the desire you can beat the hell out of them no matter how big they are.
250 hitters $3 million a year, and Sylvester Stallone $20 million a picture to grunt, and beat the hell out of someone.