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How did the expression shit one's pants appear? Why is the word in left out before one's pants?

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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, Hugo, Mahnax, MετάEd, Mitch Jan 26 '12 at 14:33

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shit, vt, vulgar : to defecate in – MετάEd Jan 25 '12 at 17:00

Seems that it follows the same pattern as "wet one's pants" or "dirty one's pants" or the like. The first word in both of these is a transitive verb, so the one in your example is evidently being used in the same way.

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