knock the stuffing out of
Definition of 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.
Word by Word Definitions
: to strike something with a sharp blow
: to collide with something
: a sharp blow : rap, hit
: a severe misfortune or hardship
: setback, reversal
: material used to stuff or fill: such as
: a soft material (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
: in a direction away from the inside or center
: from among others
: eject, oust
: to identify publicly as being such secretly
: to identify as being a closet homosexual
: used as a function word to indicate an outward movement
: situated outside : external
: situated at a distance : outlying
: 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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