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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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I know that teachers reading this will be laughing hollowly or even throwing up at the sound of my starry-eyed idealism compared with the gnashing reality that they know so well - just as I now chortle cruelly when I hear trainee teachers shinily announcing their intention to change the world.
Twenty years on, Lindy is now 53 and still has intense, penetrating eyes - the police, she laughs hollowly, called them killer eyes - but the rest of her has softened.
I doe not knowe hym in London, that gayneth more by his money then you do, and therefore mee thinkes, you speake eyther hollowly, or not advisedly.
It was while Sue was bringing up her brood, which numbers four, that she started writing, albeit in secret - her first husband, she laughs hollowly, "didn't even approve of me reading let alone writing".
But these things have a way of working themselves out, because villains succumb every day to their own ruthless, ill-fated designs--spies, too--and when the chips are down, I would be your cheerful escape from death, the brave words sounding hollowly in your mouth.
Though deeply irritating for the offspring who've had to mount military campaigns in the pursuit of any minor new privilege, this means second-borns get what they want with comparatively less effort, and are trusted with freedoms older siblings can only laugh hollowly at.
A Laugh hollowly, and ask where the real present is.
But it tends to ring hollowly in a story or book with pretensions to being so much more.
According to the Old Testament, Abraham had two sons: Ishmael, his first and bastard son, born of a humanly sensible compromise with fate, and Isaac, the son of divine promise born long after the hope that Abraham might bear a legitimate inheritor echoed hollowly in Sarah's laughter.
The stones under my feet clacked and rattled hollowly just as they had the night before.
However great America's immediate victory, it will resound hollowly if the new regime in Kabul collapses and the warlord-dominated chaos that allowed the Taleban to establish its control of the country reappears.