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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I was also surprised you made an example of Radio Wales when Valleys Radio, which incidentally Radio Wales beats hands down in the Valleys area, had dropped the same percentage share and Red Dragon had lost more listeners during that period, 15,000 by my calculations, facts which had slipped to a much lower position in your story.
It's not difficult and beats hands down the nasty reconstituted packet variety served in so many establishments.