beat (one) hollow

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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 hollow

see under beat the pants off.
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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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beat someone hollow

defeat or surpass someone completely or thoroughly.
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beat somebody/something ˈhollow

beat somebody easily in a contest, etc.; be much better than somebody/something: As a cook he beats the professionals hollow.
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From that moment he was the one to beat and he has proceeded to beat them hollow.
Surely not all of them ran way below form, and Iris De Balme beat them hollow.
It has lain dormant these five years, since Beat Hollow beat them hollow in the Grand Prix de Paris, and it would be a fitting end to one of the greatest training careers of all if Cecil had occasion to fly it proudly once again.
The second, third, fourth and fifth, from the stables of Michael Jarvis, David Loder, Sir Michael Stoute and Barry Hills, all hold entries in the Epsom Classic, which suggests that they are all highly regarded, and the fact that Ecomium could beat them hollow without turning a hair surely suggests he is a horse right out of the top drawer.
However, the fact remains that Teeton Mill took on a big field of smart chasers and beat them hollow with a combination of accurate jumping and powerful galloping which was a treat to watch.