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pants pl (plural only)
- (chiefly Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Singapore, Northern England) An outer garment that covers the body from the waist downwards, covering each leg separately, usually as far as the ankles; trousers. [from 19th c.]
- 1933, Kenneth Roberts, Rabble in Arms, published 1996, page 220:
- “But they cover the legs,” Joseph explained. “That is the only reason my people wear pants: to cover the legs in the winter, or when traveling through rough country, full of thorns. In warm weather, or in open country, pants are unnecessary, uncomfortable, and foolish.”
- 1989, Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One, Penguin, published 2006, page 427:
- Then he gave me a last desperate push and I tripped over the shorts caught around my ankles and fell down. I tried to pull my pants up with my boxing gloves but without success. […] In those days nobody wore underpants and I was bare-arsed and fancy free in front of everyone.
- 2010, Ronald C. Eng, editor, Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 8th edition, US: The Mountaineers Books, page 24:
- Look for pants with reinforced seats and knees and full-length side zippers that make it possible to put the pants on while you are wearing boots, crampons, skis, or snowshoes.
- 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- The episode also opens with an inspired bit of business for Homer, who blithely refuses to acquiesce to an elderly neighbor’s utterly reasonable request that he help make the process of selling her house easier by wearing pants when he gallivants about in front of windows, throw out his impressive collection of rotting Jack-O-Lanterns from previous Halloweens and take out his garbage, as it’s attracting wildlife (cue moose and Northern Exposure theme song).
- 2014 January 13, “Blackburn man hid machete down his trousers”, in The Lancashire Telegraph:
- Taylor was seen nearby and had a three foot machete down his pants.
- (chiefly UK) An undergarment that covers the genitals and often the buttocks and the neighbouring parts of the body; underpants. [from 19th c.]
- 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin, published 2011, page 39:
- I decided to pass up her underclothes, not from feelings of delicacy, but because I couldn't see myself putting her pants on and snapping her brassière.
- 1984, Martin Amis, Money, Vintage, published 2005, page 183:
- As she bent over the intercom the little skirt went peek-a-boo and you could see white pants cupping her buttocks like a bra.
- (UK, slang) Rubbish; something worthless.
- You're talking pants!
- The film was a load [or pile] of pants.
- (outer garment): breeks, britches, hosen, slacks, strides, trousers
- (undergarment): see Thesaurus:underwear
- capri pants
- cargo pants
- cigarette pants
- combat pants
- convertible pants
- dress pants
- fat pants
- flood pants
- hammer pants
- harem pants
- jazz pants
- loon pants
- palazzo pants
- parachute pants
- pegged pants
- phat pants
- pumpkin pants
- rain pants
- snow pants
- toreador pants
- track pants
- wind pants
- work pants
- yoga pants
- zip-off pants
short pants or underwear
Terms derived from pants
- all mouth and pants, all mouth and no pants
- ants in one's pants
- beat the pants off
- by the seat of one's pants (drive by the seat of one’s pants, fly by the seat of one’s pants), seat-of-the-pants
- fill one's pants
- get into someone's pants
- kick in the pants
- smarty pants
- the pants off (with scare, bore, beat, etc.)
- wear the pants
- with one’s pants down
garment covering the body from the waist downwards
undergarment covering the genitals
- (Britain, slang) Of inferior quality, rubbish.
- Your mobile is pants — why don’t you get one like mine?
of inferior quality
- To pull someone’s pants down; to forcibly remove someone’s pants.
- 1948, Carolina Quarterly, University of California, page 47:
- Keith Gerber has been pantsed twice already this summer by Lannie and Cling, and so his face is more resolved, the fear tempered by the fact that he understands these things to be inevitable.
- 1980, William Hogan (author), The Quartzsite Trip, Atheneum, page 242:
- [T]he other boys, Stretch Latham and Rod Becker mainly, pantsed him, got his jockey shorts away and threw them onto Hubcap Willie’s roof.
- 1993, Harold Augenbraum, Ilan Stavans, Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories, page 174:
- Richard did not stand too close to him, because he was always trying to pants him, and he would have died of shame if he did it tonight, because he knew his BVDs were dirty at the trap door.
- (pull someone’s pants down): depants, de-pants, debags, (British) keg, (Australian) dack, (Canada) sag
pull someone’s pants down
- plural of
pants m (1st declension)
- verse, stanza (section of poem or song lyric)
- (law) paragraph, article, clause (section of legal document)
Declension of pants (1st declension)
pants m pl (plural only)