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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.
devastate, shatter, crush, shock, stun, distress, upset, traumatize;
See parent entry: stuffing
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