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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The average boy from 30 years ago would beat the socks off the average boy today.
We beat the socks off Stanford and we still don't get no respect.
Radio Ireland chief John McColgan said yesterday: "We'll beat the socks off RTE.
We like companies that beat the socks off the competition, and we'll let the stock price take care of itself.
The kinds of companies I like to own beat the socks off the competition," says Humphrey, executive vice president of Lord Abbett & Co.