1chiefly North American Trousers: baggy corduroy pants (as modifier pant) his pant leg
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- The women that Isis had a glimpse of wore either bell-bottomed trousers, denim pants, or blue jeans.
- The shirts tucked into tight, ebony brown rawhide pants, trousers designed to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
- Lord I am so grateful for drawstring pants and trousers with elastic.
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- The chaps Tom and I have styled all bought pants or boxers and vests and have all reported back that they are soft, fit really well and that their women think they look much better.
- Many stores now sell bikinis as separates, so you can buy the pants and bra in different sizes to ensure a perfect fit.
- Department store Marks & Spencer is launching an underwear range for men featuring thongs and glittery pants.
mid 19th century: abbreviation of pantaloons (see pantaloon).
catch someone with their pants down
- informal Catch someone in an embarrassingly unprepared state.More example sentences
- In Australia we were caught with our pants down when our nurses began to strike.
- I mean, I knew the guy was a rotten apple, I knew what he was up to, and he still managed to catch me with my pants down because I simply didn't pay attention at the right time… ah, figuratively speaking, of course.
- I could not believe the irony of the fact that for our one and only sighting of this most secretive of creatures I had been caught with my pants down, both metaphorically and literally speaking.
fly (or drive) by the seat of one's pants
- informal Rely on instinct rather than logic or knowledge.More example sentences
- After finding fame and success you can't just fly by the seat of your pants (when it comes to creativity).
- Be prepared and don't fly by the seat of your pants.
- Well, ‘something came up’ and they didn't show up, so I was stuck with teaching it, trying to fly by the seat of my pants.
scare (or bore, etc.) the pants off someone
- informal Make someone extremely scared, bored, etc.More example sentences
- It's a fine line between motivating people to stop smoking and scaring the pants off them.
- If there is one category of horror movies that scares the pants off me, it's zombies, and this remake certainly got me jumping and twitching in my seat.
- There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.
wear the pants
- informal Be the dominant partner in a relationship: there’s no doubt who’ll wear the pants in that houseMore example sentences
- And she knows to keep her mouth shut if she doesn't want to get belted. I wear the pants in my family.
- Does he lose his sense of power if he doesn't wear the pants in the family?
- Despite what Caz might say, the fact is that I wear the pants in our little family.