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Definition of pants noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

pants

 noun
noun
NAmE//pænts//
 
[plural]
 
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  • a piece of clothing that covers the body from the waist down and is divided into two parts to cover each leg separately a new pair of pants ski pants see also cargo pants
  • Idioms
    bore, scare, etc. the pants off somebody (informal)
     
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    to make someone extremely bored, frightened, etc.
    (fly) by the seat of your pants (informal)
     
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    to act without careful thought and without a plan that you have made in advance, hoping that you will be lucky and be successful synonym wing it
    catch somebody with their pants down (informal)
     
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    to arrive or do something when someone is not expecting it and not ready, especially when they are in an embarrassing situation
    have ants in your pants (informal)
     
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    to be very excited or impatient about something and unable to stay still
    wear the pants (often disapproving)
     
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    (especially of a woman) to be the person in a marriage or other relationship who makes most of the decisions It's obvious who wears the pants in that family!
    wet yourself, wet your pants [no passive]
     
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    to urinate in your underwear by accident
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pants