The Bean Trees

“In Pittman County there was nothing in pants that was worth the trouble, take my word for it.” What does the idiom, “nothing in pants” really mean?


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They were speaking of man was worth the trouble.

An idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.

It's kind of like "ants in your pants". Nothing, in your example, would denote empty.