the pants off (of)

the pants off (of)

slang Thoroughly or completely; to a huge or great degree. This young team is beating the pants off the veteran squad.
See also: off, pant
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pants off, the

This phrase is used to intensify the meaning of verbs such as bore or charm or kid or scare or talk . For example, That speech bored the pants off us, or It was a real tornado and scared the pants off me. Playwright Eugene O'Neill used it in Ah, Wilderness! (1933): "I tell you, you scared the pants off him," and Evelyn Waugh, in A Handful of Dust (1934), had a variation, "She bores my pants off." [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see bore to death; beat the pants off.
See also: pant
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the pants off someone

People use the pants off after a verb such as scare, bore, or charm and before a word for a person to show that something is done to a great degree. When I was a kid, circuses bored the pants off me. Stephen Daldry is the sort of person who loves rushing around, charming the pants off everyone he meets.
See also: off, pant, someone
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