|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|
|5.||slang (Brit) inferior|
|[C19: shortened from pantaloons; see |
v. pant·ed, pant·ing, pants
To breathe rapidly and shallowly.
wear the pants
Exercise controlling authority in a household, as in Grandma wears the pants at our house. This idiom, generally applied to women and dating from the mid-1500s, a time when they wore only skirts, equates pants with an authoritative and properly masculine role. Originally put as wear the breeches, it remains in use despite current fashions.