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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. (Much less common than the opposite, "ring true.") 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

have (a) hollow leg(s)

To be able to consume a larger amount of food or drink (especially alcohol) than is typical. The steakhouse, known for its huge portions, is introducing a number of smaller menu items for those who don't have a hollow leg. The way she drinks on a night out, you'd swear she has hollow legs.
See also: have, hollow

in the hollow of (one's) hand

Under one's total influence, domination, or control. Often used in the blessing "May God hold/keep you in the hollow of His hand." At this point in history, these four men held the entirety of Europe in the hollow of their hands. She now has the entire company in the hollow of her hand. We are all sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this tragic time. May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
See also: hand, hollow, of

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

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, someone

ring hollow


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, someone

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
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They called people back yet provided no greater enticement than repentance and Psalters and mournful Gregorian chants floating hollowly upwards towards the gothic perpendicular spires of churches built upwards to God.
That alliance had unmistakeably signalled the triumph of the Howards, and Jonson's speeches urging the necessity of reconciliation between competing factions rang hollowly at a tournament from which many of the Essexians had conspicuously absented themselves.
THE PRODUCTION UNFOLDS at the compact Tom Patterson Theatre as a tutorial between the youngsters who sit and listen (Ophelia, Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern) and the elders who stand and lecture hollowly about being true to thine own self.
It is so long since I have seen you, that, as you will perceive, I have to speak, as it were, in vacuo, as if I were sounding hollowly for an echo, and it did not make much odds what kind of a sound I made.
Smug pronouncements about the imagined triumph of "Western values" echo hollowly over the carnage in Bosnia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and south Ossetia.
In these circumstances, the physician or other health care professional ought to openly acknowledge reliance on the waiver exception, rather than hollowly pretend to follow the standard informed consent ritual.
Rolf's sailing dinghy drummed hollowly off a smooth rock in the inlet.
M'boy," he said hollowly with great bitterness behind the word, a choking acknowledgement of this great wound from the past.
enhancement that collapses a purely external and hollowly inhabited
However, pic often looks and sounds hollowly under-populated, with a dearth of ambient physical and audio presence.
15, 1994): 14; to the assertion that the film is "an overwrought hollowly symbolic glob of glutinous nonsense.
I know that teachers reading this will be laughing hollowly or even throwing up at the sound of my starry-eyed idealism compared with the gnashing reality that they know so well - just as I now chortle cruelly when I hear trainee teachers shinily announcing their intention to change the world.
Twenty years on, Lindy is now 53 and still has intense, penetrating eyes - the police, she laughs hollowly, called them killer eyes - but the rest of her has softened.
His steps were winged and rang hollowly, so to speak, though we doubt this is the right word, on the wooden steps, but this doesn't stop us from saying he just gave carnations to a woman dressed all in black because he'd seen her go into a florist's shop.
The noun rings hollowly when I say it, my head is empty of any meaning the word might have.