sue the pants off (of) sb/sth

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British pronunciation/sˈuː ðə pˈants ˈɒf ɒv ˌɛsbˈiː slˈaʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
American pronunciation/sˈuː ðə pˈænts ˈɔf ʌv ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to sue the pants off (of) sb/sth
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to take legal action against someone and demand so much money and damages from them that it leaves them with nothing

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to [sue] the pants off (of|) {sb/sth} definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "sue the pants off someone or something" and when to use it?

The exact origin of the idiom "sue the pants off someone or something" is unclear. However, it is believed to have emerged as a colloquial expression in the United States during the 20th century. The phrase likely developed as a colorful and exaggerated way to convey the idea of pursuing legal action with great determination and intensity. It is used when someone intends to take strong legal action against another party, typically seeking significant compensation or damages.

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He is considering legal action and plans to sue the pants off the landlord for the unsafe living conditions.
He intends to sue the pants off the hospital for the medical malpractice he experienced.
She will sue the pants off the online retailer if they fail to deliver the promised refund.
She is determined to sue the pants off the company that plagiarized her book.
They are currently in the process of suing the pants off their former employer for wrongful termination.
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