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I just watched a show, and there were competitors arguing with each others then one of them said "Are you happy with it now?" and then the woman said "Jazz pants!"

I don't really know the name of the show, sorry. It came from a short video clip on the advertising screen in the Mall. Those competitors were arguing while they were cooking with loud noise, that's why I turned around to watch that video and it's ending with that woman said "Jazz pants!" (not Jazz hands).

What does "Jazz pants" in this situation mean?

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    What show was this? Can you give anymore context? Andrew is probably correct, but with more context it would be easier to know for sure (maybe she meant to say "tap pants", for example). – 1006a Jan 17 '18 at 17:16
  • Yes, which episode of which show? – Mathieu K. Jan 18 '18 at 5:47
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    A show about what? The competitors of what? A talent show? An ice-skating show? If you could tell they were competitors then you could tell what type of competition it was. If you can't.... because the clip was so brief then the question is useless because it lacks that essential element, and it should, therefore, be closed IMO. If the clip was so brief, how can you be sure you didn't mishear? – Mari-Lou A Jan 18 '18 at 10:15
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    Just Pants a 1978 commercial for the brand just pants. – Mari-Lou A Jan 18 '18 at 10:20
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    while they were cooking with loud noise Was it a cooking show? Were the competitors "famous" by any chance? – Mari-Lou A Jan 18 '18 at 10:26
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Is it possible you misheard? A not-uncommon (American) expression is "jazz hands" to indicate excitement:

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usually ironically:

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To do it right, you should make the "jazz hands" gesture as you say, with some enthusiasm, "Jazz Hands!"

More about the fabulous history of "jazz hands"


(Edit) If you are certain that the person said "jazz pants", then I have no idea what it could mean. "Jazz pants" are light, tight pants, used in "jazz dance" routines, usually black, made from some kind of stretchy fabric, and commonly flared at the bottom:

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It makes no sense to reference dancewear on a cooking show, and I know of no idiomatic alternate meaning of "jazz pants".

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    I've never thought of it as excitement, even when not used ironically. I mean, when in the last 80 yeas has jazz hands been used unironically? To me it's a satire of the melodrama of the performing arts. Actually making that move in a dance today would be seen as hopelessly quaint unless it were a joke. All that said, I now want to make "jazz pants" an expression somehow. – Todd Wilcox Jan 17 '18 at 17:48
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    @ToddWilcox - Deaf people use jazz hands unironically as "applause" because they can't hear hand clapping. – Canadian Yankee Jan 17 '18 at 18:34
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_hands The term became ironic after Bob Fosse "overused" the technique – geneSummons Jan 17 '18 at 18:38
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    @CanadianYankee the deaf "applause" sign isn't quite the same as Jazz Hands in my (somewhat limited) experience. The former is more upright, and raised to or even above head level, while the latter is angled as in the "The Office" example shown here. – Monty Harder Jan 17 '18 at 19:14
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    @ToddWilcox It's a shame, because Bob Fosse's work was very innovative at the time. I suppose almost every great innovator has some of their work end up as a cliche :( – ColleenV Jan 18 '18 at 17:00
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Since you don't state a location, I will suggest that it if was in the UK, you may have misheard "that's pants" or "just pants".

"Pants", meaning underpants, is a derogatory term used in the UK, meaning something like "rubbish" or "nonsense".

You say

Those competitors were arguing ... then one of them said "Are you happy with it now?" and then the woman said "Jazz pants!"

If it were "just pants!", it could have been her opinion of someone else's statement.


If you go back to the mall, please let us know what you hear next time.

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