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

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 pants off someone

INFORMAL
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