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stuffing

Syllabification: stuff·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈstəfiNG
 
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Definition of stuffing in English:

noun

1A mixture used to stuff poultry or meat before cooking.
Example sentences
  • In 17th and 18th-century English recipes, mixtures for stuffings and forcemeats of many types are recorded.
  • They are filled to the brim with three stuffings: meat (pork and beef with onion, garlic); cheese and potato; sauerkraut and wild mushroom.
  • On a hard roll, layer turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing with a little mayonnaise.
Synonyms
filling, dressing, forcemeat, salpicon
2Padding used to stuff cushions, furniture, or soft toys.
Example sentences
  • Flax mills were built on the north-west side of the Takaka Hill, producing fibre used for rope, sacks, upholstery stuffing and linen.
  • The stuffing of the tooled-leather cushion rustled as I settled into it.
  • Fur and the stuffing of the cushion rustled as he sat and settled himself.
Synonyms
padding, wadding, filling, upholstery, packing, filler

Phrases

knock (or take) the stuffing out of

1
informal Severely impair the confidence or strength of (someone).
Example sentences
  • The two Hungarian goals either side of the break then knocked the stuffing out of a team already low on confidence and another defeat was duly delivered.
  • The mum of two said: ‘When you are 50 and feeling well, it knocks the stuffing out of you, to say the least, to be told you have bowel cancer.’
  • We try to do our bit to make the place better, but this sort of thing just knocks the stuffing out of us.
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