win hands down


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win hands down

To win easily or convincingly; from the idea of a jockey in a horserace who, seeing that he cannot lose, relaxes his grip on the reins.
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But when I saw we were going to win hands down, I felt like a bear in a cage, hanging about doing nothing.
It can win hands down in a referendum,' said NAPC Secretary Noel K.
Cameron McEwan HODDLE and Waddle should enter Diamond Lights in the Eurovision song contest - it would win hands down.
Summary: Lahore [Pakistan], Nov 28 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday joked that former Indian cricketer and current Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will win hands down if he contests elections there.
In a statement she said that Kotli Satian is a small Tehsil of Murree but the numbers who attended and welcomed PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is an indicator for the next general elections which PPP will win hands down. Fauzia Habib said that people of Murree have always been followers of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Ang compiled 142 points after four legs held in Macau (June 10-11), Philippines (August 26-27), Thailand (November 2-4) and Macau (December 9-10) to win hands down the Formula 125 class over John Dizon (69 points) and Haopeng Zhang of China (67 points).
It would help state pupils to compete with their private counterparts who win hands down for top jobs.
THE Oscars may be more in-yourface, but when it comes to understated glamour with a classy edge, the British Academy Film Awards - or Baftas, to you and us - win hands down. We're now well into the awards season, with the National Television, Golden Globes and Screen Actors having already happened; the aforementioned Oscars are just around the corner too.
If there was an award for the unluckiest band in the world, I imagine Blue would win hands down.
IF ONE goes by the number of people who turn up to catch a glimpse of her every day, actor Nagma, the Congress candidate from Meerut, would win hands down. She is mobbed the moment she steps out of her party office and her public gatherings witness unimaginable rush, so much so that at times she has to cut short her campaigns or sneak out from gatherings to avoid the mob.
When it comes to celebrity fans, United win hands down.
ACCUSED BBC1, 9pm Anybody who's seen the film Truly Madly Deeply will tell you that if there was an international crying competition, Juliet Stevenson would win hands down for Great Britain.