beat the pants off

beat the pants off (of) (someone)

slang To defeat an opponent decisively. Despite using the word "pants," this phrase does not involve literally stripping off someone's clothes. Primarily heard in US. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really beat the pants off that team! Don't think you're beating the rap this time, young man. You're grounded for a month.
See also: beat, off, pant

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
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Friday and Saturday and the part of Sunday they hadn't started thinking yet about Monday beat the pants off the rest of the week, and especially Monday.
The American said that he would not say the player's name but that it just rhymes with Schmovak Schmokovic, adding that he was him self kind of talking trash and then Djokovic came out and beat the pants off him as he would.
This was the year e-commerce beat the pants off brick-and-mortar retailing.
JOHN DALY reckons a pair of strident strides would help old pal Colin Montgomerie beat the pants off golf's young guns.
8220;We learned a lot just putting the game together and it was evident that Generation Y beat the pants off Generation X when it comes to playing online games as well.
This guy has the ability to separate himself from the field and just beat the pants off people, and that's a rare, rare talent that not many players have, and he has it.
Arizona beat the pants off LaMichael James in the first half Friday night.
It beat the pants off the normal shopping run and for the children it was a real treat to see some of their favourite TV characters come to life on stage.
Excited about the product's potential to help millions of people suffering from constipation and IBS symptoms, he added, "The results were even better than we'd hoped for -- Oxy-Powder beat the pants off the competition in every category
So far, so good,'' he said, winding up a computer chess game in which he beat the pants off a chess monkey, his computer opponent.
I'm always trying to beat the pants off him and vice versa and it really works to give the show an edge,' said Marty, still going great guns at 65.
Corrie continues to beat the pants off EastEnderszzzzzzz.
More dauntingly, the third man is the Ryder captain, Sam Torrance, who is still playing well enough to believe he can beat the pants off both of them.
Hopefully the dads won't take it too personally when we beat the pants off them and we might even buy them a pint afterwards.