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beat the pants off (of) (someone)
slang To defeat someone decisively in a competition. Despite using the word "pants," this phrase does not involve literally stripping off someone's clothes. The final score was 17–1? Wow, we really beat the pants off that team!
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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.
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beat the pants off someoneor
beat someone's pants offINFORMAL
If you beat the pants off someone or if you beat their pants off, you defeat them completely in a contest or competition. He brought out a chess board. `Now, Smith, I'm going to beat your pants off'. The non-academic children usually beat the pants off the rest at sport and technical work.
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beat the pants offprove to be vastly superior to. informal
1990 Paul Auster The Music of Chance ‘Not bad, kid,’ Nashe said. ‘You beat the pants off me.’
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