beat the socks off (of) (someone)

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beat the socks off (of) (someone)

slang To defeat an opponent decisively. Despite using the word "socks," this phrase does not involve literally stripping off someone's clothes. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really beat the socks off that team!
See also: beat, off, sock
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Bring your 'A Game' adults as the kids are no joke and will beat the socks off of you if you don't watch out!
The average boy from 30 years ago would beat the socks off the average boy today.
In last year's Private Screening, Stephen Humphrey, manager of the Lord Abbett Large-Cap Growth fund (LALCX), said that he liked to own companies that "beat the socks off the competition." Instead, many of his picks took a beating.
A winner's goal is to beat the socks off the competition.
Radio Ireland chief John McColgan said yesterday: "We'll beat the socks off RTE."
"The kinds of companies I like to own beat the socks off the competition," says Humphrey, executive vice president of Lord Abbett & Co.