beat someone 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!
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beat someone hollow

BRITISH
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.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

beat someone hollow

defeat or surpass someone completely or thoroughly.
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