The full sentence is this : But most doctors are beaten hands down by countless alternative practitioners who might not know a lymphocyte from a lump of cheese.

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    Kindly split this question into two. That way your answers to each question can be independently managed. – Nonnal Nov 13 '15 at 22:16
  • Your second question should be asked separately, and a good deal more clearly than it is at present. – Brian Donovan Nov 13 '15 at 22:16

To be beaten hands down is to be thoroughly and easily defeated in a contest. The expression derives from horse racing.

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  • Note that there's a significant difference between "beaten down" (as in the question title) and "beaten hands down" (as in the quoted text). – Hot Licks Nov 13 '15 at 22:26
  • @HotLicks Adjusted title. – bib Nov 13 '15 at 22:31

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