the pants off

idiom

informal
used for emphasis after words like charm, scare, frighten, bore, and beat
He can charm the pants off anybody.
She scared the pants off us when she phoned at 3 a.m.

Examples of the pants off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Host Reba McEntire was sure to be both corny and unflappable, Lainey Wilson was a lock to win Entertainer of the Year, and country interloper Post Malone, scruffy and face-tattooed, was going to charm the pants off everyone. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2024 Trump has been 'beating the pants off of Biden' since Halloween. Fox News, 6 Mar. 2024 Curtis' writing is as sharp as ever, and the cast has rarely had a better opportunity to charm the pants off of everyone in sight. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 29 Aug. 2023 Of course, there will be those who bemoan the fact that the new AMG GT has lost its raw edge and doesn’t try to scare the pants off you at every turn, but remember, this is the introductory model—there will surely be hotter versions to come (as in perhaps the S, R, and maybe Pro). Peter Bleakney, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 This is a team that just swept the pants off the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks’ 4-2 victory Wednesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix finishing a three-games-to-none clinching of their National League Division Series and completing the most brutal of broom bashings. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 Scare the pants off your friends and fam with a spine-chilling costume complete with fake blood and a creepy mask. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 2 June 2023

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“The pants off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20pants%20off. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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