the pants off

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the pants off

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.

Word by Word Definitions

pants
  1. : an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle

  2. : men's underpants

  3. : pantie

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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