Look at the picture and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'beat the pants off.' As you can see, the home team's score is 107 and the visiting team's score is only 76. That is a difference of 31 points—that is quite a big difference or large margin in points.
Beat the pants off: to easily win against someone by a large margin or score; to surpass or be more successful than another.
This idiom is used in American English—in British English they call pants "trousers." This phrase is often used to describe the results of sports but it can be used to describe anything that is more successful than another thing.
Notice when you conjugate "beat":
- Present tense: "beat" (I / we / you plural / they ) or "beats" (he / she / it)
- Past tense: "beat" (I / you / he / she/ it / we / you plural / they)
That's right! The past tense of "beat" is also "beat." It is irregular.
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This will help you practice your English and remember this idiom in the future. When is the last time you beat the pants off someone? Has your favorite sporting team ever beaten the pants off another team? If you could beat the pants off everyone in something, what would it be?