knock the stuffing out of

Definition of knock the stuffing out of

informal

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

knockplay
  1. :  to strike something with a sharp blow

    :  to collide with something

    :  bustle

  1. :  a sharp blow :  rap, hit

    :  a severe misfortune or hardship

    :  setback, reversal

stuffingplay
  1. :  material used to stuff or fill: such as

    :  a soft material (such as cotton or polyester) used to fill upholstered furniture, cushions, bedding, etc.

    :  a seasoned mixture (as of bread crumbs, vegetables, and butter) that is typically placed inside the cavity of a turkey, pepper, etc. and cooked

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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