Definition of stuffing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstʌfɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1A mixture used to stuff poultry or meat before cooking: sage and onion stuffing [count noun]: packet stuffings are quick to use
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  • 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.
filling, forcemeat, farce, salpicon;
North American  dressing
2Padding used to stuff cushions, furniture, or soft toys: the stuffing is coming out of the armchair
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  • 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.
3 [count noun] informal A heavy defeat in sport.
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  • This was one of the most abject stuffings in the history of Scottish rugby, with Glasgow losing out on power, pace and skill, as well as almost every phase.
  • So tomorrow, I'll spend two hours praying we give Telford a good stuffing, and that two of our most hated local rivals do us a favour by taking points off other teams in the dogfight.
  • But since the football pitch has replaced the battlefield, our desire to see Germany get a good stuffing has not diminished.


knock (or take) the stuffing out of

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
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  • 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;

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