One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
devastate, shatter, crush, shock, stun, distress, upset, traumatizeView synonyms
- ‘That drove their revenues sharply negative at the same time as the collapse of the stock market bubble knocked the stuffing out of their pension fund.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But we came up with a set-play for the first goal and the second goal knocked the stuffing out of Everton and made it an easy game for the defenders.’
- ‘The score knocked the stuffing out of the Abbey and the increased wind advantage for St Colman's made their task all the more daunting.’
- ‘His father died when he was 12, an event that can knock the stuffing out of many people.’
- ‘We're all pretty dejected, we didn't play well enough in the first-half and the goal knocked the stuffing out of us.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A controversial penalty knocked the stuffing out of Kingstonian after one of their best performances for some time, writes Phil Windeatt.’
- ‘Their unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 59 in 12 overs knocked the stuffing out of Yorkshire.’
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