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knock (or take) the stuffing out of

Definition of knock or take the stuffing out of in English:

informal Severely impair the confidence or strength of (someone): rebuffs and power struggles knocked the stuffing out of him illness had knocked the stuffing out of me
More 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.
Synonyms
devastate, shatter, crush, shock, stun, distress, upset, traumatize;
demoralize
See parent entry: stuffing

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