sue the pants off

sue the pants off (of) (one)

To sue one for a huge sum of money, especially if it is all or more than one is able to pay. He threatened to sue the pants off me if I ever published the things we had just discussed. With all the evidence we've got, we'll be able to sue the pants off of their company.
See also: off, pant, sue
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sue the pants off (of) someone

Sl. to sue someone for a lot of money. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) If they harm me in any way, I'll sue the pants off of them. He sued the pants off his landlord.
See also: off, pant, sue
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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