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beat the stuffing out of (someone)

To strike or assault someone violently and severely. Likened to the cotton stuffing of a stuffed animal being knocked out of it by severe blows. Hey, watch it, pal, or I'll beat the stuffing out of you! Two guys mugged me and then beat the stuffing out of me last night.
See also: beat, of, out, stuffing

beat the hell out of someone

 and beat the living daylights out of someone ; beat the pants off (of) someone; beat the shit out of someone; beat the socks off (of) someone; beat the stuffing out of someone; beat the tar out of someone
1. Fig. to defeat someone very badly. (Caution: the use of the word shit is considered vulgar and is offensive to many people. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Our team beat the hell out of the other side. We beat the stuffing out of the other side.
2. Fig. Inf. to batter someone severely. (Alludes to physical violence, not the removal of someone's pants. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The thugs beat the living daylights out of their victim. If you do that again, I'll beat the pants off of you. Before the boxing match Max said he would beat the socks off Lefty.
See also: beat, hell, of, out

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

beat the hell out of somebody

1. to hit someone hard and repeatedly Bill beat the hell out of me after we started arguing over a girl.
2. to completely defeat someone It's a thrill to beat the hell out of another team in front of 20,000 screaming fans.
Related vocabulary: (it) beats me
See also: beat, hell, of, out

beat the hell out of something

to be much better than something It wasn't much of a plan, but it beat the hell out of sitting around the office waiting for something to happen.
See also: beat, hell, of, out

knock the stuffing out of somebody

to make someone feel less confident or physically weaker An operation like that is bound to knock the stuffing out of you. It was their third defeat in a row and it really knocked the stuffing out of them.
See also: knock, of, out, stuffing

beat the living daylights out of

Also, knock or lick the hell or living daylights or shit or stuffing or tar out of . Administer a merciless beating to; also, defeat soundly. For example, The coach said he'd like to beat the living daylights out of the vandals who damaged the gym floor , or Bob knocked the stuffing out of that bully, or He swore he'd beat the tar out of anyone who tried to stop him. These colloquial phrases nearly always denote a physical attack. In the first, daylights originally (1700) meant "the eyes" and later was extended to any vital ( living) body organ. Thus Henry Fielding wrote, in Amelia (1752): "If the lady says another such words to me ... I will darken her daylights" (that is, put out her eyes). Hell here is simply a swear word used for emphasis. The more vulgar shit and the politer stuffing allude simply to knocking out someone's insides. Tar is more puzzling but has been so used since the late 1800s.
See also: beat, daylight, living, of, out

knock the living daylights out of

Also, knock the shit or stuffing or tar out of . See beat the living daylights out of.
See also: daylight, knock, living, of, out

lick the stuffing out of

Also, lick the tar out of. See under beat the living daylights out of.
See also: lick, of, out, stuffing
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The stuffing recipe will be printed on special edition steamer pack boxes that will be available in restaurants starting this November through the holiday season.
If you opt to bake the stuffing separately (or have some left over after stuffing the turkey), place in a greased dish (you may want to add a little additional broth for a more moist stuffing), cover with foil and bake 45 to 60 minutes (the last hour the turkey roasts) at 325 degrees F.
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When preparing stuffing and other food dishes, following USDA's Be Food Safe tips of clean, separate, cook and chill will ensure that you have a happy and safe holiday.
If you opt to bake the stuffing separately (or have some leftover after stuffing the turkey), place in a greased dish (you may want to add a little additional broth for a more moist stuffing), cover with foil and bake 45 to 60 minutes (the last hour the turkey roasts) at 325 degrees F.
The site also offers how-to videos for popular stuffing and dressing recipes like "Easy Oyster Dressing," "Ciabatta & Chestnut Stuffing," "Cornbread Dressing" and "Sausage Stuffing" from the experts at Food Network.
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For many of us, traditional stuffing is the best part of the holiday dinner.
Either is acceptable today, but Easterners tend to call the seasoned bread mixture stuffing, while for Southerners, its "dressing.
Use ground raw turkey or chicken (or even veal) seasoned with herbs, prosciutto and grated cheese for the stuffing.
Champ also sends a message that it's ok to let your stuffing show - to ask for help and share your feelings.
To make things simple for your feast and for a taste of homemade tradition, we've also included a few easy recipes for preparing the stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and other trimmings.
14 /PRNewswire/ -- Stuffing -- or dressing as it is called in some areas of the country -- is almost as important to the Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey itself.