bore the pants off me

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Senior Member
Spanish - Spain
I'm reading "Dubliners" by James Joyce and in the inroduction, talking about reading a concrete book it is written .... "Although I knew it would bore the pants off me".
Can anyone explain to me the concrete meaning of the expression "bore the pants off", please?
Thanks a lot.
  • lucas-sp

    Senior Member
    English - Californian
    You could check the dictionary here, but this is a little difficult to find:
    scare (or bore etc.) the pants off someone informal make someone extremely scared, bored, etc.
    It's in the entry on "pants." Hope that clears things up.
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