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    Beats Blind Tom all hollow!

    Meanwhile Bessie played one piece after another with untiring energy. She loved music, and now found that all she need do was to sit at the piano and listen and watch her hands twinkle over the keyboard.
    Twilight deepened in the room and Bessie's father came home and hung up his hat and overcoat and placed his umbrella in the rack. Then he peeped into the parlor to see who was playing.
    "Great Caesar!" he exclaimed. But the mother came to him softly with her finger on her lips and whispered: "Don't interrupt her, John. Our child seems to be in a trance. Did you ever hear such superb music?"
    "Why, she's an infant prodigy!" gasped the astounded father. "Beats Blind Tom all hollow! It's—it's wonderful!"

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    Re: Beats Blind Tom all hollow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    Meanwhile Bessie played one piece after another with untiring energy. She loved music, and now found that all she need do was to sit at the piano and listen and watch her hands twinkle over the keyboard.
    Twilight deepened in the room and Bessie's father came home and hung up his hat and overcoat and placed his umbrella in the rack. Then he peeped into the parlor to see who was playing.
    "Great Caesar!" he exclaimed. But the mother came to him softly with her finger on her lips and whispered: "Don't interrupt her, John. Our child seems to be in a trance. Did you ever hear such superb music?"
    "Why, she's an infant prodigy!" gasped the astounded father. "Beats Blind Tom all hollow! It's—it's wonderful!"
    I would say that Blind Tom must be another character who can also play the piano very well. However, Bessie's father is saying that Bessie is even better than Blind Tom. "To beat someone hollow" means to be much, much better than the other person; to win a game/match by a great margin. Although I haven't heard "to beat all hollow" I would assume it means the same thing, just with more emphasis.

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    Re: Beats Blind Tom all hollow!

    Thanl you, emsr2d2

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