win (something) hands down

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win (something) hands down

To win something easily or decisively. We were really unprepared for our last game, and the other team won hands down.
See also: down, hand, win

win hands down

Also, win in a walk or breeze . See under hands down.
See also: down, hand, win

win hands down

COMMON
1. If you win a contest hands down, you win it easily. We have been beaten in some games which we should have won hands down. Note: You can also say that you beat someone else hands down. When he said he would beat me hands down, I didn't expect him to run like that.
2. When you are comparing things, you can say that the thing which is clearly best wins hands down. The New Winter Palace Hotel wins hands down for both comfort and location. Note: You can also say that one thing beats another hands down. I had always enjoyed driving through the New Forest, but two-wheeled travel beats the car hands down. Note: You can also talk about a hands-down winner. In any bar debate about the best Canadian folk song of all time, the hands-down winner is always Tyson's Summer Wages. Note: Hands down is used in other structures where you are saying that something is clearly the best. We are hands-down, flat-out the leaders of the world in this. `The greatest thing ever invented has to be the Thermos flask,' I said. `Easy. Hands down.' Note: This expression was originally used in horse racing to describe jockeys who won their races very easily and could cross the winning line with their hands lowered and the reins loose.
See also: down, hand, win

win (something)/beat somebody ˌhands ˈdown

win (something)/beat somebody very easily: Holland won the match hands down. The score was five nil.
See also: beat, down, hand, somebody, win
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He also termed as incorrect talk of the BJP winning hands down in the Gujarat assembly elections in December.
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JUST when I thought that the bad guys were winning hands down, two items in last week's Mercury put Joe Public back on the leader board.
Lewis, Britain's smallest professional boxer at just 4ft 10in, was incensed by the decision and demanded a quick rematch: "I was winning hands down and I know I would have stopped him.
At first, it seemed that the exterior decorators were winning hands down.
This has taken on many forms - Italian fascists gaining 47 per cent of the vote last year in Rome, Austrian anti-Semites topping the polls in Vienna, Flemish xenophobes winning hands down in Antwerp, Ross Perot preying on middle-class confusion in the United States, and the Reform Party doing the same in Canada.