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all hollow

obsolete A premeditated or foregone result or circumstance. Many considered his defeat to be all hollow, as he never had a real chance from the outset.
See also: all, hollow

beat (someone or something) all hollow

To totally outdo or defeat (someone or something). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. A: "Did you guys win today?" B: "We sure did! We beat them all hollow: 10-0!" I worked so hard on this project and beat it all hollow—everyone else's looked so bad compared to mine!
See also: all, beat, hollow

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!
See also: beat, hollow

ring hollow

To sound or give the sense of being false, insincere, or not genuine. The statements that followed made her apology ring hollow. The dialogue in the film rings hollow—no one talks like that in real life.
See also: hollow, ring

ring false

To seem or sound false, insincere, inauthentic, or deceitful. I personally think that their reasoning rings a bit false. The actor's vacuous, overblown performance is sure to ring false for anyone who grew up in that part of the country.
See also: false, ring

hollow something out

to make the inside of something hollow. Martha hollowed the book out and put her money inside. She hollowed out a book.
See also: hollow, out

to have a hollow leg

Fig. to have a great capacity or need for food or drink. Bobby can drink more beer than I can afford. I think he has a hollow leg!
See also: have, hollow, leg

beat hollow

see under beat the pants off.
See also: beat, hollow

beat the pants off

Also, beat hollow. Win decisively over someone, outdo. For example, When it comes to the Patriots' Day parade, Lexington beats the pants off the neighboring towns , or This beer beats the other brands hollow. Both phrases use beat in the sense of "surpass." Pants off has served as an intensifier since about 1930; the variant dates from about 1775.
See also: beat, off, pant

ring false

Also, have a false or hollow ring ; strike a false note. Seem wrong or deceitful, as in Her denial rings false-I'm sure she was there when it happened, or His good wishes always seem to have a hollow ring, or Carol's congratulatory phone call really struck a false note. Ring false and the antonym, ring true, which means "seem genuine," allude to the old practice of judging a coin genuine or fake by the sound it gives out when tapped. This practice became obsolete when coins ceased to be made of precious metals, but by then the idioms were being used to refer to other matters. [Mid-1800s]
See also: false, ring

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.
See also: beat, hollow

ring hollow

or

sound hollow

COMMON If a statement or promise rings hollow or sounds hollow, it does not seem true or sincere. Now the promise of a long, secure career rings hollow, employers must find new ways to attract staff. Official claims that the two countries are close friends sound increasingly hollow. Note: You can also say that a statement or promise has a hollow ring. The Government's claim to be making record investments in railways has a very hollow ring. Compare with ring true. Note: The idea is of an object that is meant to be solid making a loud noise when struck, indicating that it is weaker or cheaper than it was believed to be.
See also: hollow, ring

beat the pants off

prove to be vastly superior to. informal
1990 Paul Auster The Music of Chance ‘Not bad, kid,’ Nashe said. ‘You beat the pants off me.’
See also: beat, off, pant

beat someone hollow

defeat or surpass someone completely or thoroughly.
See also: beat, hollow

hollow legs

a large capacity for drinking alcohol without getting drunk, or for eating without becoming sated. humorous
See also: hollow, leg

in the hollow of your hand

entirely in your power.
See also: hand, hollow, of

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.

ring ˈtrue/ˈfalse/ˈhollow

seem true/false/insincere: What you’ve said about Jim just doesn’t ring true. Are we talking about the same person?His apology rings a little hollow.
See also: false, hollow, ring, true
References in periodicals archive ?
Mr Hollowed had been with McCartney at a house in Violet Road on April 29 and McCartney had been trying to scrounge some tobacco from him.
He also kicked, jumped and stamped on Mr Hollowed so he could steal money and drugs.
He told the court he had been with Mr Hollowed but parted company near a railway bridge.
He said it appeared as though Mr Hollowed was about to go home.
Mr McDermott said people came to his house and took drugs and he shared some heroin with Mr Hollowed.
The court heard he was tying to scrounge tobacco from Mr Hollowed.
He told the court McCartney was seen behaving oddly following the death of Mr Hollowed, was crying and was witnessed punching a wall.
He would know Mr Hollowed and that he would have money and drugs on him.
McCartney denied he had attacked Mr Hollowed, but the court heard he had behaved violently in the past.
Lynda Hollowed said: "It has been a great shock to the whole family.
Police will not reveal any details about how Mr Hollowed met his death.
Chief inspector Karen Cummings said Mr Hollowed had no known enemies and no dispute had become apparent at the party to arouse suspicion.
GIVE YOURSELF UP: Carol Ryan, Ann Hollowed and Lynda Hollowed want the killer of their brother to come forward; LOSS: Murder victim Noel Hollowed; APPEAL: Chief inspector Karen Cummings
Mr Hollowed, 43, was found withmultiple injuries in an alley near his home in Prior Street, Bootle, in the early hours of Sunday.
Mr Hollowed, 43, was found with multiple injuries in an alley near his home in Prior Street, Bootle.