Definition of stuff in English:

stuff

noun

  • 1Matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied:

    ‘I prefer to buy stuff in sales’
    ‘we all offer to do stuff for each other’
    ‘green stuff in stagnant water’
    ‘the mud was horrible stuff’
    ‘a girl who's good at the technical stuff’
    ‘all that running and swimming and stuff’
    • ‘I said some pretty horrible stuff to her, and it still hurts knowing she may have died with those words still in her head.’
    • ‘It's a trade exhibition for conference and exhibition organising groups and my Dad needed me to pick some stuff up.’
    • ‘There's also some stuff in the article about writing routines and the like.’
    • ‘There was apparently a really big rain in his town and all sorts of horrible stuff ended up in the pipeline.’
    • ‘I was interested in all the technical stuff because films of this nature are, by definition, feats of technology.’
    • ‘They wouldn't realise a thing until they picked up their stuff to go and there'd be a nice sweetie waiting there for them.’
    • ‘Don't fear, though, because you'll find all the good stuff between the disappointing material.’
    • ‘My question is, when you get to know the little stuff, does the big stuff really matter?’
    • ‘He has some rare photos and artwork over there, a message board and all sorts of stuff.’
    • ‘Did enough of us make a difference for you to put up some of that goofy stuff you were referring to?’
    • ‘I won't bore you with any more technical stuff other than to say that it is a masterpiece of engineering.’
    • ‘There was a lot of horrible stuff written about me and said about me that was totally inaccurate.’
    • ‘They always sell the same stuff, no matter where you are in the country.’
    • ‘In the box there would be heritage stuff, the material evidence of the past, as well as history, the wisdom of the past.’
    • ‘Growling softly to myself I leant down to pick up my stuff, my papers scattered everywhere.’
    • ‘A load of kids are reading stuff and hearing stuff which refers back to Vietnam, and there is a resurgence in interest in the works of Chomsky.’
    • ‘The fact that the New Statesman can't find anything more grown-up to publish than this sort of stuff is indicative of its sad decline.’
    • ‘But I am getting enough language training at least to master the technical stuff.’
    • ‘It is unusual but because I am at the early stages, I'm just doing the technical stuff.’
    • ‘No matter how bad I feel, a bottle of the orange stuff sorts me out.’
    material, fabric, cloth, textile
    items, articles, objects, goods
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    1. 1.1 A person's belongings, equipment, or baggage:
      ‘he took his stuff and went’
      • ‘But this stuff is being purveyed by the Religious Affairs Department of the Saudi Armed Forces.’
      • ‘Your stuff has proven it works with my equipment so I am going to need lots of it within the next six months.’
      • ‘And so, all Graham's stuff for the trip packed neatly into two soft cases, to bed.’
      belongings, possessions, personal possessions, effects, property, goods, goods and chattels
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    2. 1.2British informal, dated Worthless or foolish ideas, speech, or writing; rubbish:
      [as exclamation] ‘stuff and nonsense!’
      • ‘The problem is, however, that to get to the point where we can afford all this stuff and nonsense, we have to work ridiculously long hours.’
      • ‘So what are the general public and patients to make of this stuff and nonsense?’
      • ‘The lectures were the usual old stuff and nonsense, but it's so easy to make new friends when you just bitch.’
      • ‘It doesn't go in for politics or injustice or any such stuff and nonsense.’
      • ‘At first sight such an idea seems outrageous stuff and nonsense.’
      rubbish, nonsense, twaddle, balderdash, claptrap, gibberish, drivel
      poppycock, tripe, bunk, piffle, bosh, bilge, hot air, hogwash, hooey, baloney, mumbo jumbo
      cobblers, codswallop, tosh
      havers
      codology
      garbage, flapdoodle, blathers, wack, bushwa, applesauce
      tommyrot, rot, bunkum
      bullshit, crap, bollocks, balls
      bulldust
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    3. 1.3informal Drink or drugs:
      ‘the islanders get fighting mad on the stuff’
      ‘‘Are you doing stuff, Kevin?’ he asked’
      • ‘At first money wasn't a problem I had a good job, good house, I sold my house to the drug dealers so they could sell their stuff.’
      • ‘Basically, it's stuff to get drunk with; that is really what alcohol is for.’
      • ‘Me and my bros used to drink that stuff like we now drink beer i.e. like there's no tomorrow.’
      • ‘It follows that you need a sufficient quantity to significantly alter your mood, otherwise why drink the bloody stuff?’
      • ‘If they allowed dope to be used, I could grow her stuff, she could smoke it, and her life would be improved.’
      • ‘I would not encourage my kids to smoke the stuff, but when they are sixteen, they can if they want.’
      • ‘I slowly went downhill and back on to the heavy stuff like heroin.’
      • ‘Piffle mate, would you go in a car while the driver is smoking the stuff?’
    4. 1.4one's stuff Things in which one is knowledgeable and experienced; one's area of expertise:
      ‘he knows his stuff and can really write’
      facts, information, data, subject, discipline
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  • 2The basic constituents or characteristics of something or someone:

    ‘Healey was made of sterner stuff’
    ‘such a trip was the stuff of his dreams’
    • ‘Back to sleep now, for I deal with the very stuff of dreams, and thus a writer's work can never really be done.’
    • ‘At both the Players Championship and the Masters this year he played some sterling stuff.’
    • ‘I think the Wexler model, the constituent outreach stuff, was ahead of its time.’
    • ‘It's also possible that I could program some of the more basic stuff - no, that won't happen.’
    • ‘To see them grab a hammer and head up to the roof is character building stuff.’
    • ‘I didn't go to school been as I had no education what so ever so Tiger taught me over time teaching me the basic stuff.’
    • ‘If you have a few accessories your basic stuff can be made to look like more of a wardrobe than it is.’
    • ‘It's very, very easy for me to eat when I'm at home because I like very, very basic stuff.’
    • ‘We drive, chatting every once in awhile, listening to the radio, pretty basic road trip stuff.’
    • ‘No specific predictions have ever been made, it's all your basic general could-apply-to-anything stuff.’
    • ‘The idea that you start very strict and ease off later is basic stuff to trainee teachers.’
  • 3British dated Woollen fabric, especially as distinct from silk, cotton, and linen:

    [as modifier] ‘her dark stuff gown’
    • ‘The earliest woven stuffs were made for use or ornament, before refinements in spinning and weaving permitted textiles malleable enough to clothe the body.’
    • ‘His library was dukedom large enough, and here on the island he has, besides rich garments, linen stuffs and necessaries, volumes that he prizes above his dukedom.’
    • ‘Of course people have noticed before that Matisse posed his models in flimsy, filmy harem pants on divans and cushions covered with flowered or striped stuffs against fabric screens and curtains.’
  • 4North American (in sport) spin given to a ball to make it vary its course.

    • ‘He rarely hits the upper 80s on his fastball, so he relies on his off-speed stuff to get outs.’
    • ‘His stuff was impressive in his short stint in Detroit, as well as his 26 innings in Arizona.’
    • ‘Both are left-handers who rely on command and control more than raw speed or stuff.’
    • ‘RHP Rolando Arrojo has good stuff, uses a multitude of arm angles and mixes his pitches well.’
    • ‘I think Greinke's stuff will get better, it got better as last year went along.’
    1. 4.1Baseball A pitcher's ability to produce spin on a ball or control the speed of delivery of a ball.
      • ‘Ramirez struggles with his control at times but has much better stuff and is more durable than Reynolds.’
      • ‘He says he hasn't changed anything in his delivery - he just isn't trusting his stuff.’
      • ‘Bernero has savvy and changes speeds, but hitters sometimes sit on his off-speed stuff.’
      • ‘His stuff is similar to that of Kerry Wood, the player whom I am speaking of above.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Fill (a receptacle or space) tightly with something:

    ‘an old teapot stuffed full of cash’
    figurative ‘his head has been stuffed with myths and taboos’
    • ‘My samosa was a monster - it looked more like a Cornish pastie than the small crispy triangles you usually get - and was stuffed with vegetables.’
    • ‘He caught chipmunks whose cheek pouches were so stuffed with lodgepole pine seeds that not one more would fit.’
    • ‘The deposit box is also stuffed with money in various currencies and a gun.’
    • ‘The two tea rooms were stuffed with damp holiday makers, all tucking into cake and cream and scones and cream and strawberry jam and cream.’
    • ‘Government today is stuffed full of political appointees who are highly influential, dedicated and powerful special advisers with a direct ear to ministers.’
    • ‘The food basket was stuffed with savory meat pies, potato salad and a wonderful deep-dish apple pie for dessert.’
    • ‘Now my servants are frantically boarding the windows and stuffing sandbags.’
    • ‘Nights of stuffing this sculpture with kapok, a new substance for the job, sent me into bouts of itching.’
    • ‘There wasn't anything in there but a folder that was stuffed full of papers.’
    • ‘‘We're stuffed full of confidence that we will continue to grow the bank faster than any other bank in the UK,’ he says.’
    • ‘Its portfolio is stuffed full of some of Britain's best know pantry products.’
    • ‘Once more the little blue Ford was stuffed full of boxes and bags and off we set on the return journey.’
    • ‘Samantha, 25, said: " The wallet was stuffed full of pictures, letters, keepsakes and prayer cards.’
    • ‘Your suitcase will be stuffed full of them, too, so you can bring a Joyeux Noël back with you.’
    • ‘But then these rooms are stuffed with things of beauty, as the deputy curator of the collection, Martin Clayton, enthusiastically points out.’
    • ‘When you walked away from the conference the bins all over Blackpool were stuffed full of these bags.’
    • ‘Each of the pouches was stuffed with bizarre and unexplainable tools or devices.’
    • ‘In this competitive world, education has to be stuffed with subjects, which prepare the students to face any challenge.’
    • ‘While we were stuffed full of learning about other parts of the world, the school system left us utterly clueless about our won history.’
    • ‘Adjoining the visitors shop is Hartlepool Museum, which is stuffed full of artefacts telling the story of the town, particularly its maritime heritage.’
    fill, pack, pad, line, wad, upholster
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    1. 1.1 Force or cram (something) tightly into a receptacle or space:
      ‘he stuffed a thick wad of notes into his jacket pocket’
      • ‘She grabbed some latex gloves and stuffed them in her pocket along with the transmitter enclosed in a bag, with fingerprints already removed.’
      • ‘Shoving students into lectures is like stuffing sausage meat into one end of a sausage machine but ignoring the copious waste that spills out half way through the process.’
      • ‘Quickly, they put coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves on, stuffing cookie into their mouths as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘As she rolled her clothes up tightly and stuffed them in securely, she tried to recall what it was that she missed the most.’
      • ‘Removing his gloves, Charles stuffs them in the pocket of his gray woolen coat before walking away from the table.’
      • ‘It was unbelievable how much junk was stuffed into the small space.’
      • ‘I kept folding up the wads of twenties and stuffing them in the pocket of my shorts.’
      • ‘He then tore off his white gloves, and stuffed the garments into his knapsack as he drew closer to a pub near the outskirts of Firith.’
      • ‘He gathered his homework into a pile and stuffed it into his book-bag.’
      • ‘I muttered and began to adjust the black leather jacket and stuffed it in my bag, before overlooking the boxes.’
      • ‘She smiled back and went to the sink, where she wedged a rubber cap past the pile of dishes and stuffed it onto the drain.’
      • ‘The bags of cash were much too large to hide, but they were stuffed underneath the back seats as tightly as possible.’
      • ‘I was stuffing a pair of gloves in his pockets when he walked into the room.’
      • ‘Christy removed her hat and gloves and stuffed them into her coat pocket.’
      • ‘Hundreds of drawings are stuffed into piles of plastic carrier bags, and on the bed a punk Teddy bear, complete with badges, safety pins and a torn ear, lies on his own little pillow.’
      • ‘I stuffed the bottle with scraps of paper and tinder-dry sticks of which there was a plentiful supply.’
      • ‘Vincent was a little worried that Kass would drag the book into his house, but the clever boy stuffed it inside the glove compartment.’
      • ‘My hand was unexpectedly clutching the stone tightly as I stuffed the paper back in the bottle.’
      • ‘She shoved supplies into her pack, stuffing it nearly to the point that it could rip the seams.’
      • ‘Once inside the man quickly tied her wrists together behind her back and stuffed a thick cloth into her mouth and tied it tightly behind her head, gagging her.’
      shove, thrust, push, ram, cram, squeeze, press, force, compress, jam, wedge
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    2. 1.2informal Hastily force (something) into a space:
      ‘Sadie took the coin and stuffed it in her coat pocket’
      • ‘She hastily scribbled something down, and then stuffed the pad into a drawer in the kitchen.’
      • ‘I pulled out the piece of paper from my pocket where I had hastily stuffed it.’
      • ‘Young and the others hastily stuffed a purifier into each nostril and inhaled some much needed fresh air.’
      • ‘I asked Sarza as she hastily stuffed water bottles, napkins, and granola bars into a tote bag.’
      • ‘He produced a bread knife and ordered the women to open the safe and then lie on the ground before he stuffed notes and coins into a black holdall.’
      • ‘I copied down the words and hastily stuffed the paper in my pocket.’
      • ‘Cane picked up the coins and stuffed them in his pockets; there were perhaps two hundred, so soon his pockets were full.’
      • ‘Lucas hastily stuffed his drawings back into their folder and the folder disappeared into his backpack again.’
      • ‘Schilling hastily stuffed a box full of items for her to auction at the tournament.’
      • ‘Hastily, I stuffed the Oreo boxes into a large duffel bag.’
      • ‘I hastily stuffed three more forkfuls in my mouth, waiting for him to answer.’
      • ‘He laughed while hastily stuffing the paper in his binder, still cracking up about his ‘little joke’.’
      • ‘She packed up her books and hastily stuffed them in her bag, walked out the hall and headed straight for the door.’
      • ‘I hastily stuffed everything into my backpack, crushing many important math assignments… whoops!’
      • ‘He went to his locker, snagged some of his things and stuffed them hastily inside his large duffel bag.’
      • ‘He read it hastily before stuffing it in his pocket.’
      • ‘Hastily, Gwen stuffed her cell phone in her purse, and got on the computer where she checked her email.’
      • ‘I hastily stuffed the blouse and skirt into the plastic bag Terry brought.’
      • ‘Hastily, she stuffed her feet into a pair of sneakers and ran downstairs to where her grandfather was waiting for her.’
      • ‘I meekly stuffed the meter with pound coins to the maximum permitted amount and we commenced shifting boxes and bags.’
    3. 1.3 Fill out the skin of (a dead animal) with material to restore the original shape and appearance:
      ‘he took the bird to a taxidermist to be stuffed’
      ‘a stuffed parrot’
      • ‘Why would there even be such a museum filled with stuffed versions of animals who are not extinct?’
      • ‘Hefty wooden tables and benches are situated on two levels and stuffed birds and animals stare down at diners from under the high ceiling's wooden beams.’
      • ‘One thing unites the animals: they are all dead but stuffed by taxidermists at Edinburgh's Royal Museum on Chambers Street.’
      • ‘Phar Lap, a famous Aussie racehorse, was stuffed and standing in a corner.’
      • ‘Then they come to a taxidermist's shop with stuffed animals in the window.’
      • ‘Poppino nurtures his student in the black arts of stuffing dead animals and soon Valerio has given up his job and his girlfriend to pursue this new calling.’
      • ‘The Rivington otter has been sent to a Liverpool taxidermist to be stuffed.’
      • ‘What appears to be a very strange place with large bird cages and freaky stuffed animals wasn't manufactured on a sound stage but was in fact exactly how his house looked every day!’
      • ‘Last week I had the rare opportunity to shoot a panorama inside a museum diorama animal display filled with stuffed animals large and small.’
      • ‘But Ron says there is still a place for stuffed or freeze-dried animals and birds.’
      • ‘The prize for the final event, the best overall bird, is that it will be stuffed free of charge by local taxidermist Gerry Lundy.’
      • ‘We also saw a variety of stuffed animals, birds and the full body size skins of the bear and the moose.’
      • ‘My neighbor is sitting beside me at a drum kit, with a stuffed hound dog between us.’
      • ‘Several Irish talk show hosts have been filling the air waves with information about stuffing your dead pets.’
      • ‘This room was packed full of fishing, game and stuffed animals and game birds.’
      • ‘They've got stuffed beasts, stuffed birds, stuffed fish, and a huge historic rifle collection.’
      • ‘As well as early fossils, there are displays of stuffed animals and birds, including a male and female Great Bustard.’
      • ‘The dead elephant was stuffed and exhibited, and it stood in Vienna until Maximilian sent it to Munich.’
      • ‘He brought the ladder under a light gray stuffed Husky dog, climbed up the three steps and took down the dog.’
      • ‘But doesn't this collection of stuffed, damaged, dead animals upset Singer, even though she has put her heart into giving them a purpose?’
    4. 1.4 Fill (the cavity of an item of food) with a savoury or sweet mixture, especially before cooking:
      ‘chicken stuffed with mushrooms and breadcrumbs’
      • ‘But I fancied the savoury pancakes stuffed with mushrooms, tomatoes and onions, and covered in a creamy cheese sauce.’
      • ‘The thick slices of roast duck are stuffed into peeled fresh lychees, which are then laid in a sauce of lime, honey and osmanthus paste.’
      • ‘The burrito was stuffed with a mess of subtly-spiced smooth black beans, chunks of nicely roasted vegetables and molten cheese.’
      • ‘Whole wheat tortillas are stuffed with refried black beans, real cactus leaves and cheddar cheese.’
      • ‘Try the skewered shiitake mushrooms stuffed with minced chicken or handmade buckwheat noodles.’
      • ‘It may be eaten in the form of tamales, the dough stuffed with savoury or sweet mixtures and steamed in maize or banana leaves.’
      • ‘I've stuffed the ravioli with a thick paste or pesto of rocket and crunchy pine nuts for a really punchy flavour and texture, ready for a thin coating of rich tomato sauce.’
      • ‘The game hen was light, savory and the chestnut stuffing slightly sweet, and deliciously spiced.’
      • ‘The chicken breasts can be stuffed in advance and popped in the steamer when you get in from work.’
    5. 1.5informal Fill (oneself) with large amounts of food:
      ‘he stuffed himself with Parisian chocolates’
      • ‘We then watched Fungus the Bogeyman whilst stuffing ourselves with fruit pastilles.’
      • ‘For that few minutes, we were all silent, as we stuffed ourselves with the delicious food.’
      • ‘On busy weekends, most tables are overlooked by a high-chair in which a small, food-covered being is stuffing itself with penne by the fistful.’
      • ‘After they stuffed themselves with pizza and soda, they walked the short distance to the motel.’
      • ‘The picture of you stuffing yourself with nachos in a fairy costume is not the best one to post on the Internet.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, while Holly stuffed herself with food and downed the coffee, someone put their hands over her eyes.’
      • ‘There may be a large birthday cake but, by the time everyone's stuffed themselves with turkey and pudding, nobody can ever face eating even a small slice of it.’
      • ‘Sales of sandals, swimwear and ice cream have fallen and we're stuffing ourselves with comfort food to warm up after getting drenched.’
      • ‘When everybody finally stuffed themselves full of food, Mr. Kaufman led us as we checked the exits hoping that they were unlocked.’
      • ‘Imitating their elders on such occasions, they stuffed themselves with a lot of food and drink, and roared with merriment to the bemusement of all the diners around.’
      • ‘Jeremy had lit the fire earlier and I was lying beside it now, basking in the heat and stuffing myself with food.’
      • ‘This is a lovely event which appeals to all the couch potatoes who stuffed themselves with Christmas Turkey on the day before and who now need considerable exercise to work it off!’
      • ‘Needless to say my ticket's already paid for and will be waiting for me at the box office tomorrow night after I've stuffed myself with turkey.’
      • ‘After we had stuffed ourselves with pasta and salad, the six of us decided on a few games at the bowling alley.’
      • ‘We stuffed ourselves with hot dogs, corn dogs, funnel cakes, and everything else that we couldn't draw ourselves away from.’
      • ‘After losing my supper thanks to those cursed waves last night, I stuffed myself with plain crackers this morning to settle my stomach.’
      • ‘Staff dressed up in football shirts, raffled prizes and stuffed themselves with cake all in the aid of three local charities.’
      • ‘I, at this point in time, was stuffing myself with so many biscuits that I was finding it hard to keep them inside my face.’
      • ‘We had stopped off at one of the many abandoned convenience stores on the way, and stuffed ourselves with what little was left.’
      • ‘I added a carton of milk and a dessert to my tray and turned to look at the sea of faces already stuffing themselves with their lunch.’
      fill, cram, gorge, overindulge, satiate
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    6. 1.6be stuffed upinformal Have one's nose blocked up with catarrh as a result of a cold:
      ‘when I woke up that morning I was totally stuffed up and my throat was sore’
      block, stop, bung
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    7. 1.7informal Fill (envelopes) with identical copies of printed matter:
      ‘they spent the whole time in a back room stuffing envelopes’
      • ‘She grabbed one of his hands and forcibly stuffed the sealed envelope into it.’
      • ‘Other employees stuffed 1,700 envelopes for the event on state time, the affidavit said.’
      • ‘While it may have stuffed one enormous envelope through the SEC's door, that isn't quite enough for Nasdaq.’
      • ‘Those envelopes looked expertly stuffed and labelled.’
      • ‘The company printed a map and stuffed copies into envelopes carrying the legend ‘map inside’.’
      • ‘For now, all of his value can be typed onto an application and stuffed in a Manila envelope to be scanned in fifteen minutes by a member of the admissions department.’
      • ‘Zines needed to be physically copied, taken down to the local alternative music shop, or stuffed in envelopes and mailed.’
    8. 1.8North American Place bogus votes in (a ballot box).
      • ‘The opposition claims the Movement for Multiparty Democracy stuffed ballot boxes and tampered with the count.’
      • ‘I should also note that he did a fine job of stuffing the ballot box with phony phone calls to Smith to make him look he supported the draft.’
      • ‘I'm not normally one to encourage people to stuff the ballot box, but you might want to vote in this poll twice.’
      • ‘As you can see, TSN's team came in fourth even without stuffing the ballot box and telling relatives to vote for our team.’
      • ‘As long as you are not actually caught publicly stuffing the ballot box, how could Google possibly suggest that you are doing so?’
      • ‘I asked for your votes to christen the small, flightless bird formerly known as Moderately Evil Penguin, and you stuffed the ballot box in your droves.’
      • ‘Am I bothered by the results of a popularity contest where it would be oh-so-easy to stuff the ballot box?’
      • ‘Allegations of vote rigging and stuffing of the stuffing the ballot boxes ensued.’
      • ‘Zagat tries to make sure that the ballot box isn't stuffed by chefs and restaurateurs eager for a high rating.’
      • ‘Supporters held my opponents at gunpoint while they stuffed the ballot boxes.’
      • ‘Although Democrats easily won the election by stuffing ballot boxes, they wanted revenge.’
      • ‘Maybe a whole lot of liberals just discovered the contest, and maybe someone stuffed the ballot box.’
      • ‘A team of journalists also saw ballot boxes being stuffed with ‘yes’ votes by an official at one polling station in Rawalpindi.’
      • ‘You don't need to stuff ballot boxes here; you don't need to put dead people on the voter rolls.’
      • ‘The right to vote can neither be denied outright nor destroyed by alteration of ballots nor diluted by stuffing ballot-boxes.’
      • ‘It looks like some liberals are trying to stuff the ballot box in the early going.’
      • ‘Professor Lightbody would tell you that indifference ensures that no one stuffs the ballot box.’
      • ‘EU observers say they also saw incidents of Kagame's supporters tampering with voter lists and stuffing ballot boxes.’
  • 2British informal [usually in imperative] Used to express indifference towards or rejection of (something):

    ‘stuff the diet!’
  • 3British informal Defeat heavily in sport:

    ‘Town got stuffed every week’
    defeat utterly, beat hollow, win a resounding victory over, annihilate, drub, rout, give someone a drubbing, crush, overwhelm, bring someone to their knees
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  • 4British vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).

Phrases

  • get stuffed

    • informal [usually in imperative]Said in anger to tell someone to go away or as an expression of contempt:

      ‘she wanted to join his mob but he told her to get stuffed’
      go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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  • not give a stuff

    • informal Not care at all:

      ‘I couldn't give a stuff what they think’
      • ‘So far, I have a shredded palm and a wet floor - plus two damp kittens who don't give a stuff.’
      • ‘Suddenly, it's summer, and the ratings meters are turned off, which means stations don't give a stuff because their previous advertising revenues aren't affected.’
      • ‘Not everybody sees it that way, she said, nodding in the direction of Upstairs, but she doesn't give a stuff.’
      • ‘We're to pretend we're concerned, when the reality is that we don't give a stuff.’
      • ‘The blame lies with parents who don't give a stuff.’
      • ‘There's always the possibility that it doesn't actually kill the pain but makes you so much more relaxed that you don't give a stuff about it.’
      • ‘Plumley said he wouldn't mind a bit and didn't give a stuff who was in power.’
      • ‘The last election proved this to be the case, namely that the main plank of the Tory campaign, Europe, most of the public didn't give a stuff about, relatively speaking.’
      • ‘MPs don't know the facts and 90 per cent of British people don't give a stuff whether hunting is banned or not because it doesn't affect them.’
      • ‘Most of them didn't give a stuff about the job, and so we'd have a good laugh and bitching session every lunchtime in the Dog And Trumpet or the Shakespeare's Head at the top of Carnaby Street.’
  • stuff it

    • informal Said to express indifference, resignation, or rejection:

      ‘Stuff it, I'm 61, what do I care?’
      • ‘And if someone tells you to go stuff it, don't be offended, just do it.’
      • ‘At the most, he should have told them to stuff it.’
      • ‘A few limits on it, of course - the whole thing about not being related leaps to mind, and minimum ages are generally a good idea - but stuff it, let's just go for it.’
      • ‘So I was working my way down the entertainment scale, about to pick up a book, when I thought stuff it, I'll go for a walk on the beach.’
      • ‘My friends and I just thought, stuff it, why not?’
      • ‘I've always believed in the when in Rome philosophy but if it means I can't go out for an innocent drink, stuff it.’
      • ‘I hope that they tell the religionists to stuff it.’
      • ‘‘If I had been asked to resign, I would have told the BBC to stuff it,’ he added.’
  • that's the stuff

    • informal Said in approval of what has just been done or said.

      • ‘Vice magazine, though, that's the stuff right there.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • stuff up (or stuff something up)

    • Handle a situation badly:

      ‘stupid people always blame others for their mistakes, rather than admitting they stuffed up’
      ‘she stuffed up just about everything she got involved in’
      • ‘"I stuffed up there," she conceded.’
      • ‘Even the developers admitted they stuffed up.’
      • ‘It leaves you wondering why we're so keen to stuff up this planet.’
      • ‘It would be appallingly bad management if we were to stuff up those advantages.’
      • ‘How could he have stuffed it up so badly?’
      • ‘It would require some determination to stuff up a server configuration quite that badly.’
      • ‘Just one instance is enough to stuff up any pretence of formal equality, or democratic rights.’
      • ‘They were running out of chances with the gauntlets, they couldn't afford to stuff up again.’
      • ‘He should have started a new thread, but he's not the sharpest Redditor in the drawer, so he's stuffed it up.’
      • ‘Bottom line, the little guys always pay regardless of who stuffed it up.’
      • ‘The media is desperate for content and acting ministers are prone to stuff up.’
      • ‘The media's on to me - you've really stuffed up this time.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting material for making clothes): shortening of Old French estoffe material, furniture, estoffer equip, furnish, from Greek stuphein draw together.

Pronunciation:

stuff

/stʌf/