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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But, eventually, food always wins hands down with the Lahoris.
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But if you plan on doing loads of typing every day, Logitech's case wins hands down.
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Lucas said that in contest between Skywalker and Obama, the latter wins hands down, even without the lightsaber.
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It's also available on VHS, but for ease of access to the race you want, the DVD version wins hands down.
The 'what badge is on the front' mindset that prevails at the moment means that a Korean company like Hyundai has a really tough job in pushing sales of the Santa Fe which, on the price-to-equipment ratio, wins hands down over many rivals and should, therefore, be a roaring success.
Boshier wins hands down, reading from the back of a comic book how to win a ticket for a trip to Mars, at some date as yet to be announced.
As a rule, if you're choosing between juice and a soft drink or sugar-sweetened "fruit" drink, cocktail, ade, beverage, or punch, the juice wins hands down.
Radiant cooling wins hands down over forced air systems in terms of safety, comfort, and energy savings," he says.
PACE: Sprinting could be an alternative profession for Henry - he makes defenders look stuck in slow-motion and he wins hands down over Beattie in this department.