1. [late 19C–1910s; 1990s+] nonsense, rubbish; early use in phr. one’s name is pants [var. on knickers! excl.].
2. [20C+] constr. with the, the essence; usu. with a v. in phr. — the pants off v., to do something to excess, e.g. kid the pants off under kid v.
3. [1930s–60s] (US black, also pair of pants) a man [meton.].
[1930s+] to bore completely and totally.
[1930s+] to terrify.
[20C+] to beat convincingly, to overwhelm.
SE in slang uses
[1960s+] (Aus.) a womanizer.
[1910s+] (US) a body louse.
see bust one’s ass under bust v.1
[1940s+] to seduce.
[1960s] (US black) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
[1960s] (US black) of a woman, to allow sexual intercourse.
see have someone/something by the balls under balls n.
see in one’s hole under hole n.1
[1960s] (US) impoverished; out of work.
[1960s] (US black) to keep calm, to restrain one’s emotions.
to restrain one’s sexual appetites.
[1940s] (US) to stop talking and interfering.
[late 19C+] (orig. US) to be the dominant member of a (usu. heterosexual) partnership.
1. [1930s+] to panic, to lose control, to get over-excited.
2. [1960s+] to find extremely exciting or attractive.
[1920s+] (orig. US) calm down! don’t lose (emotional) control!