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

knock (or take) the stuffing out of

phrase

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’
    • ‘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.’
    devastate, shatter, crush, shock, stun, distress, upset, traumatize
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