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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

beat (one) hollow

To defeat an opponent easily and/or by a wide margin. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really beat that team hollow!
See also: beat, hollow

ring hollow

To sound or give the sense of being false, insincere, or not genuine. The statements that followed made her apology ring hollow. The dialogue in the film rings hollow—no one talks like that in real life.
See also: hollow, ring

ring false

To seem or sound false, insincere, inauthentic, or deceitful. I personally think that their reasoning rings a bit false. The actor's vacuous, overblown performance is sure to ring false for anyone who grew up in that part of the country.
See also: false, ring

have (a) hollow leg(s)

To be able to consume a larger amount of food or drink (especially alcohol) than is typical. The steakhouse, known for its huge portions, is introducing a number of smaller menu items for those who don't have a hollow leg. The way she drinks on a night out, you'd swear she has hollow legs.
See also: have, hollow

in the hollow of (one's) hand

Under one's total influence, domination, or control. Often used in the blessing "May God hold/keep you in the hollow of His hand." At this point in history, these four men held the entirety of Europe in the hollow of their hands. She now has the entire company in the hollow of her hand. We are all sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this tragic time. May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
See also: hand, hollow, of

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

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

beat someone hollow

If you beat someone hollow, you defeat them completely. Radio's attempts at horror are generally beaten hollow by the terrifying capabilities of cinema. If she hadn't been wearing high-heeled shoes, she would have beaten him hollow.
See also: beat, hollow, someone

ring hollow


sound hollow

COMMON If a statement or promise rings hollow or sounds hollow, it does not seem true or sincere. Now the promise of a long, secure career rings hollow, employers must find new ways to attract staff. Official claims that the two countries are close friends sound increasingly hollow. Note: You can also say that a statement or promise has a hollow ring. The Government's claim to be making record investments in railways has a very hollow ring. Compare with ring true. Note: The idea is of an object that is meant to be solid making a loud noise when struck, indicating that it is weaker or cheaper than it was believed to be.
See also: hollow, ring

beat the pants off

prove to be vastly superior to. informal
1990 Paul Auster The Music of Chance ‘Not bad, kid,’ Nashe said. ‘You beat the pants off me.’
See also: beat, off, pant

beat someone hollow

defeat or surpass someone completely or thoroughly.
See also: beat, hollow, someone

hollow legs

a large capacity for drinking alcohol without getting drunk, or for eating without becoming sated. humorous
See also: hollow, leg

in the hollow of your hand

entirely in your power.
See also: hand, hollow, of

beat somebody/something ˈhollow

beat somebody easily in a contest, etc.; be much better than somebody/something: As a cook he beats the professionals hollow.

ring ˈtrue/ˈfalse/ˈhollow

seem true/false/insincere: What you’ve said about Jim just doesn’t ring true. Are we talking about the same person?His apology rings a little hollow.
See also: false, hollow, ring, true
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While tree hollows are known to provide microclimates that are more stable than ambient conditions (Sedgeley 2001, Scheffers et al.
Here we investigate the buffering capacity of tree hollows in the red mallee, Eucalyptus oleosa F.
The specifically designed artificial hollows have been successful at Badgingarra and resulted in a 20 per cent increase in the number of Carnaby's cockatoo fledging once the hollows were installed.
In fact, it has proven so successful at Badgingarra, Parks and Wildlife staff have recorded some Carnaby's choosing to nest in these specifically designed hollows over natural hollows," Mr Jacob said.
It now recommends that "gas be used initially to form the hollow sections, water to cool the plastic and smooth the internal finish, and finally gas to exhaust the water.
The hollow channel had a smooth, uniform inner surface; the part was free of sink marks; and mechanical properties were not affected, despite PBT's sensitivity to water, says Klenz.
I will therefore refer to word hollows like the first example above as 5-1 word hollows, and those like the second example as 6-2 word hollows.
The squares below become word hollows when the letters in the inner squares are removed.
Instead, BMCI learned to inject gas directly into the part through a hollow pin positioned as far as possible from the gate.
The road runs through dozens of coal camps, towns, and hollows along the Big Coal River - until it comes to Montcoal on the Marsh Fork, where science writer John Flynn directs the Lucy Braun Association's Appalachian Forest Action Project from an old coal-company house.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeremy Hollows, new Managing Director for Soft Solutions Northern Europe, will be speaking as a panelist at Retail Systems' TechTours event in Chicago later this month.
The mountains rise abruptly from the wedged defiles, separating the hollows where the dwellings are clustered.
the leading provider of proactive service level management solutions, today announced the appointment of Phil Hollows as vice president of product marketing.
Jeremy Hollows, Chief Information Officer at Carrefour, the world's second largest retailer, will deliver the opening keynote on "Building a Retail Internet Exchange" at the Global Retail Technology Forum 2001 at the Okura Amsterdam Hotel scheduled for March 13-15.