knock the stuffing out of someone

knock the stuffing out of someone

If something knocks the stuffing out of someone, it destroys all their energy and self-confidence, and leaves them feeling weak and nervous. That second goal knocked the stuffing out of Chelsea and they seemed to give up. For a while the accident knocked the stuffing out of me, but I'm ready now and determined to get back and prove myself. Note: The verb take is sometimes used instead of knock. The drive from the airport always took the stuffing out of her.
See also: knock, of, out, stuffing

knock (or take) the stuffing out of someone

severely impair someone's confidence or strength. informal
See also: knock, of, out, stuffing
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