the pants off

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Phrase[edit]

the pants off (someone)

  1. (idiomatic) An intensifier used with some transitive action verbs to indicate that the action is performed with thoroughness, vigor, or complete success.
    • 1937 April 5, "Miscellany," Time:
      "And did you also feel like you could whip the pants off any mother's son alive?"
    • 1943 Dec. 13, "The Press: Scooped Again," Time:
      Reuters had scooped the pants off the U.S. press.
    • 1996 June 3, John Greenwald et al., "Magellan's New Direction," Time:
      Jeffrey Vinik, manager of the $56 billion Fidelity Magellan Fund, the world's largest and most closely watched mutual fund, "beat the pants off the managers of other large funds," in the words of one analyst.
    • 2001 March 16, Christopher Redman Bodelva, "Feast of Eden," Time:
      The Eden Project is his medium for getting that message across to the masses without boring the pants off them.
    • 2001 Sept. 7, Richard Corliss, "That Old Feeling: Brooks to Broadway: Get Happy," Time:
      "Not many people know it, but the Fuhrer was a terrific dancer. He could dance the pants off Churchhill."
    • 2004 April 12, Chris Taylor, "Video Games: You Ought to Be in Pixels," Time:
      "Doom 3 is just going to terrify the pants off people," says Rob Smith, editor of PC Gamer magazine.
    • 2006 June 25, Richard Lacayo, "The Making of America — Theodore Roosevelt," Time:
      Roosevelt not only remade America, but he also charmed the pants off everybody while he did it.
    • 2010 March 29, Michael Schuman, "What Japan's Years of Paralysis Teach America," Time:
      Those of us old enough will also recall that Japan used to scare the pants off Americans and just about everyone else.

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