knock the stuffing out of

idiom

Definition of knock the stuffing out of

informal
: to cause (someone) to lose energy and confidence : to make (someone) feel weak or overwhelmed When he found out that he didn't get the job, it really knocked the stuffing out of him.

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“Knock the stuffing out of.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knock%20the%20stuffing%20out%20of. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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