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pants

[pants] /pænts/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
trousers (def 1).
2.
underpants, especially for women and children; panties.
3.
British. men's underpants, especially long drawers.
Idioms
4.
wear the pants, to have the dominant role; be in charge:
I guess we know who wears the pants in that family.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; short for pantaloons
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British Dictionary definitions for wear pants

pants

/pænts/
plural noun
1.
(Brit) an undergarment reaching from the waist to the thighs or knees
2.
Also called trousers. a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs
3.
(informal) bore the pants off, to bore extremely
4.
(informal) scare the pants off, to scare extremely
adjective
5.
(Brit, slang) inferior
Word Origin
C19: shortened from pantaloons; see pantaloon
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Word Origin and History for wear pants

pants

n.

trousers, 1840, see pantaloons. Colloquial singular pant is attested from 1893. To wear the pants "be the dominant member of a household" is first attested 1931. To do something by the seat of (one's) pants "by human instinct" is from 1942, originally of pilots, perhaps with some notion of being able to sense the condition and situation of the plane by engine vibrations, etc. To be caught with (one's) pants down "discovered in an embarrassing condition" is from 1932.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wear pants

pants

verb
  1. To pull the pants, shorts, etc, down or off, esp as a prank: We pantsed him at the swimming pool
  2. To be dealt a crushing defeat; to exact a crushing defeat: Our soccer team was pantsed again/ We pantsed the other teams at the spelling bee
Related Terms

ants, cream one's jeans, fancy pants, fly by the seat of one's pants, fudge one's pants, get the lead out, have lead in one's pants, high waters, hot pants, raggedy-ass, seat-of-the-pants, shit one's pants, smarty-pants


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Idioms and Phrases with wear pants
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Encyclopedia Article for wear pants

pants

an outer garment covering the lower half of the body from the waist to the ankles and divided into sections to cover each leg separately. In attempting to define trousers, historians often explain that if any portion of a garment passed between the legs, it was an ancestor of the trousers. Thus defined, trousers can be traced to ancient times as worn, for example, by the Scythians, Persians, Japanese, and Hindus

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