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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If it were a popularity contest, India's passionate billions would ensure Tendulkar won hands down. But on Friday, an ESPNCricinfo jury will pick one of the legends as the Cricketer of the Generation.
Although Spock won hands down, the consensus was that by far the best looking person on the Starship Enterprise was Lieutenant Uhura.
AMONG the 5,000 'Keep City in Cov' marchers pictured on the front page of this paper on Monday, the familar figure of Joe Elliott could be spotted, a reminder that if the battle for the club had been decided on popularity, he would have won hands down.
He's taken on pre-school telly and won hands down, but whether he can defeat The X Factor Christmas shoo-in remains to be seen.
Russia, a country run by an ex-KGB boss and described in a leaked US memo as a "virtual mafia state", won hands down, followed by Qatar, a tiny Arab country with links to terrorism.
The wet and blustery conditions made open rugby difficult, so victory would be determined by which team was prepared to work hardest - and Rangers won hands down.
Yasmina won hands down - basically because it's easy to make a one-off profit in a one-off task by treating your customers with disdain and serving up appallingly low grade, cheap and nasty food.
WE are in the last few months of Republican rule in America and Obama has won hands down.
If ever company bosses wanted to be labelled mean-spirited then the managers of Burberry have won hands down.
The Brentford fan won hands down, which was the story of the day really.
"Consistently it has been the Ivy League and The Fortunes, who have won hands down the reviews on the recent 60's package shows, so we thought lets get them together and take them to places like Witton's Barn social club where people want to be entertained."
North Ferriby were 14 points ahead in December and thought they had the league won hands down. The league isn't finished by a long stretch yet and it's open for anybody.''
The elfin crop won hands down, with men saying a fringe over one eye was flirty and naughty while blondes have more fun.
STENNY won hands down in their first derby against East Stirling for six years.
This year, the i-Zone digital camera and the Poo-Chi electronic dog won hands down. ("Rip open the package," one staffer shrieked as another tried to open the Poo-Chi's cellophane doghouse.)