beat (someone) hands down

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beat (someone) hands down

To defeat or best someone easily or decisively. We were really unprepared for our last game, so the other team beat us hands down. Popular opinion has been that the president beat his opponent hands down in last night's debate.
See also: beat, down, hand

win (something)/beat somebody ˌhands ˈdown

win (something)/beat somebody very easily: Holland won the match hands down. The score was five nil.
See also: beat, down, hand, somebody, win
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Though Rania is educated and has a strong character, she takes the beating hands down.
Pretty patterns across the field are all very well but it's goals that count and we are once again in a hazardous situation, the Aunt Sallies of the Premiership being 'generous' to all those we should have been beating hands down.