beat the pants off

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beat the pants off (someone)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To thoroughly and decisively defeat someone, either in a physical fight or, figuratively, in a competition.
    • 1987 Sept. 6, Bernard Weinraub, "Reagan Tells Congress to Shun Protectionism," New York Times (retrieved 16 Aug 2012):
      American workers can outcompete and beat the pants off anybody, anywhere.
    • 2001 June 24, Janice Castro, "Business," Time:
      Their counterparts in Canada, Europe and Japan made less than half as much, sometimes while beating the pants off them in the marketplace.