- 1British Underpants or knickers.More example sentences
underpants, briefs, Y-fronts, boxer shorts, boxers, long johns, knickers, French knickers, bikini briefs; G-string, thong; British tanga briefs, camiknickers; North American shorts, undershortsBritish • informal kecks, smallsNorth American • dated step-ins
- 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.
- 2chiefly North American Trousers: corduroy pants (as modifier pant) wide pant legsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3British • informal Rubbish; nonsense: he thought we were going to be absolute pantsMore example sentences
- It's not art - it's pants.
- I thought I'd give it a go. Unfortunatly, I'd not looked at the opinions of others on Ciao..........boy, do I wish I had! It's pants. It really is a poor program.
- • informal Catch someone in an embarrassingly unprepared state: it’s a wonder the government hasn’t been caught with its pants downMore 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: I was flying by the seat of my pants because I’d never managed anybody beforeMore 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 (or bored etc.): she scared the pants off all who worked with herMore 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.
mid 19th century: abbreviation of pantaloons (see pantaloon).