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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

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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The purpose of the hollowness analysis is not to determine accurately the hollowness distribution, but rather to estimate the order of magnitude of the degree of hollowness of the extracted fibers and its distribution.
The hollowness of the scheme -- the South Sea element was largely fictitious -- was concealed through a policy of bribing Government Ministers and MPs and persuading the King, George I, to participate.
People should first acknowledge the "lightness of our digital being--its hollowness, superficiality, and temporality" (p.
I believe, as well, that there continues to be psychological fallout from the events of last September, an undercurrent of hollowness that is causing deferment of business decisions and creating, for lack of a better word, inertia.
Thank goodness Labour could see through the hollowness of the opposition's ploy and tossed their resignation call out of the Commons.
A lot of people do not know the terrible feeling of hollowness that a woman has when she desperately wants children.
And when he considers the professions of belief in terrestrial immobility, he appreciates both their sincerity around 1650 (many historians, anachronistically, do not) and their hollowness fifty years later.
As a sometime organist, Ruders often uses pedal points in the score, supporting rather than competing with the vocal line, and as an unabashed eclectic, he uses as well a wide range of complementary materials, from New Age minimalism to underline the hollowness of the theocratic society to quotations from the old hymn "Amazing Grace" to introduce a note of spiritual irony.
Lasn describes his mission as "culture jamming," which involves "demarketing" or "unselling" the products that the corporations want us to buy, revealing the hollowness of the cool images they condition us to pursue.
My transport in and out of the region relied on the cooperation of numerous people from many walks of life, exposing the hollowness of Indonesia's claims that the resistance was marginalized and isolated within East Timor.
As couples in formal wear sweep in and out of a soiree next door, the hero wrestles inner demons: the hollowness of success, the bane of celebrity, his sexual frustrations.
The hollowness of the vague, unsubstantiated accounts of mass murder that appear every few pages dilutes Rieff's outrage to the point where it merely raises faint curiosity in the reader: The narrative does not communicate; Rieff paints no great and terrible picture of genocide.
But the sanctity of a free press - and the hollowness of "off the record" - is not unique to the U.
In such a cultural environment it may be high time to reaffirm the ancient teaching that Christ's death conquered the world by displaying the hollowness of its promises and by communicating a new life.
Hevia resolved the hollowness without leaving a mark.