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all hollow

obsolete A premeditated or foregone result or circumstance. Many considered his defeat to be all hollow, as he never had a real chance from the outset.
See also: all, hollow

beat (someone or something) all hollow

To totally outdo or defeat (someone or something). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. A: "Did you guys win today?" B: "We sure did! We beat them all hollow: 10-0!" I worked so hard on this project and beat it all hollow—everyone else's looked so bad compared to mine!
See also: all, beat, hollow

hollow something out

to make the inside of something hollow. Martha hollowed the book out and put her money inside. She hollowed out a book.
See also: hollow, out

to have a hollow leg

Fig. to have a great capacity or need for food or drink. Bobby can drink more beer than I can afford. I think he has a hollow leg!
See also: have, hollow, leg

ring hollow

also ring false
to seem dishonest, not true, or wrong The Rockets sounded like a defeated team - they talked of the possibility of a comeback, but the words rang hollow. Her characters and situations all ring false and her movie just seems painful and pointless.
Usage notes: often used in the forms a hollow ring or a false ring (a dishonest or not sincere quality): Her story about the hostages is certainly exciting, but it has a hollow ring.
Opposite of: ring true
See also: hollow, ring

beat somebody hollow

  (British & Australian)
to defeat someone easily and by a large amount We played my brother's school at football and beat them hollow.
See also: beat, hollow

ring/sound hollow

if something someone says rings hollow, it does not sound true or sincere The claims they made two years ago that peace was just around the corner ring very hollow now.
See beat hollow
See also: hollow, ring

[beat/bore/scare etc.] the pants off somebody

  (informal)
if someone or something beats, bores, scares etc. the pants off someone, they beat, bore, or scare them completely I hate sunbathing. It bores the pants off me. Horror films scare the pants off me.
See be caught with pants down
See also: beat, off, pant

beat hollow

see under beat the pants off.
See also: beat, hollow

beat the pants off

Also, beat hollow. Win decisively over someone, outdo. For example, When it comes to the Patriots' Day parade, Lexington beats the pants off the neighboring towns , or This beer beats the other brands hollow. Both phrases use beat in the sense of "surpass." Pants off has served as an intensifier since about 1930; the variant dates from about 1775.
See also: beat, off, pant

ring false

Also, have a false or hollow ring ; strike a false note. Seem wrong or deceitful, as in Her denial rings false-I'm sure she was there when it happened, or His good wishes always seem to have a hollow ring, or Carol's congratulatory phone call really struck a false note. Ring false and the antonym, ring true, which means "seem genuine," allude to the old practice of judging a coin genuine or fake by the sound it gives out when tapped. This practice became obsolete when coins ceased to be made of precious metals, but by then the idioms were being used to refer to other matters. [Mid-1800s]
See also: false, ring
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One can say cleverer, ruder and hollower (sets A and B) and so also stupider, politer and solider.
Powerful, five kinds, high and narrow, each produced deeper or hollower or raspier sounds than the others.
He saw in them the tendency to moral abstraction and the abrogation of concrete moral and political activity "The bigger the unit you deal with," he wrote, "the hollower, the more brutal, the more mendacious is the life displayed.
Fiber quantity and quality have been improved by selection for plants that are taller, have less vigorous branching, have slimmer, hollower, more easily rettable stems with more and longer primary phloem fiber, less secondary phloem fiber and less wood.
The Tory Communities Secretary's lofty lectures to town hall workers on the need to tighten their belts - even if he won't, or can't - will sound hollower than ever now.
Bishop Hollower denied speculation that the three parishes--which are predominantly conservative--were being singled out.