knock the stuffing out of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

knock play
  1. : to strike something with a sharp blow

  2. : to collide with something

  3. : bustle

  1. : a sharp blow : rap, hit

  2. : a severe misfortune or hardship

  3. : setback, reversal

stuffing play
  1. : material used to stuff or fill: such as

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

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

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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