knock the stuffing out of


: 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.

Examples of knock the stuffing out of in a Sentence

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“Knock the stuffing out of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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