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kick the (natural) stuffing out of someone

 and beat the (natural) stuffing out of someone; take the stuffing out of someone; knock the starch out of someone; knock the stuffing out of someone
Rur. to kick or beat someone severely. Last time I was in a fight with Joe, he kicked the natural stuffing out of me. You do that again and I'll kick the stuffing out of you. Bill threatened to beat the natural stuffing out of any no-'count rascal who laid a hand on his sister.
See also: kick, of, out, stuffing

take the starch out of someone

1. Fig. to make someone less arrogant or stiff. I told a joke that made Mr. Jones laugh very hard. It really took the starch out of him. John is so arrogant. I'd really like to take the starch out of him!
2. Fig. to make someone tired and weak. This hot weather really takes the starch out of me. What a long day! It sure took the starch out of me.
See also: of, out, starch, take

take the starch out of

Deflate or ridicule someone, as in That practical joke at the office party really took the starch out of Nick. This expression, first recorded in 1840, alludes to the starch used to stiffen a shirt.
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and starchy
mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also stiff.) No, he wasn’t quite stiff, but he was starched.
See also: starch

take the starch out of someone

tv. to reduce someone’s self-assurance; to reduce someone’s conceit. I took the starch out of Kelly by telling him where he was headed if he didn’t change his ways.
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Oxidized starches prepared from different sources exhibited different gelatinization and pasting properties.
Starches with high amylose content also make a stronger, firmer gel because the linear amylose can move out of the granule into the water to easily align with one another and associate through hydrogen bonding.
Rice starches have proven the perfect complement to our core range of wheat, tapioca and corn starches on which the company's success was founded.
As mentioned before, starches were traditionally used for imparting dry strength and enhancing surface integrity when paper was made primarily from fiber.
These starches also contain 25%, 30%, 40% and 60% dietary fiber, and with the new dietary reference intakes (DRIs) being issued last September, National Starch seems to be at the right place at the right time to take advantage of the dietary fiber trend.
For gelatinized starches with glycerol, the shifts of the C-O- and the OH band were larger than those for GO starch as well as pure starch and increased with an increase of glycerol content.
While the plant specialises in modified starches, it also generates value added native starches such as moulding starches MERIZET[R] 150 and MERIZET[R] 158 for confectionery applications.
Pre-gelled corn starches were subjected to strain, frequency, time and temperature sweeps on a rheometer to evaluate their rheological properties.
The swelling and solubility capacities were determined over a temperature range of 0100 [degrees]C as follows: 1 g each of cola and corn starches were poured separately into calibrated boiling tubes of known weight and the initial volume was recorded.
describes the functions and benefits of different starches in widely varying applications.
Contemporary methods aimed at reducing the overall cost of biodegradable plastics have led to the use of biologically inert materials, such as starches, as fillers for commercially available synthetic biodegradable plastics, e.
Scientists have known for some time that the ratio of these starches in peas and other plants influences other elements of their composition, says Alison M.
The major application sectors of modified starches are paper, oil drilling, textile, food/pharmaceutical, among others.