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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

knock the stuffing out of (one)

1. To strike or assault one 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 knock the stuffing out of you! Two guys mugged me and then knocked the stuffing out of me last night.
2. To lower one's confidence. Boy, that performance review really knocked the stuffing out of me—I just feel like I can't do anything right anymore.
See also: knock, of, out, stuffing

lick the stuffing out of (one)

1. To strike or assault one violently and severely. "Lick" in this sense means to beat thoroughly. Likened to the cotton stuffing of a stuffed animal being knocked out of it by severe blows. Hey, watch it, pal, or I'll lick the stuffing out of you! Two guys mugged me and then licked the stuffing out of me last night.
2. To damage or lower one's confidence, motivation, or self-esteem. Boy, that performance review really licked the stuffing out of me—I just feel like I can't do anything right anymore.
See also: lick, of, out, stuffing

stuff it

A rude invective expressing disdain, contempt, disgust, or anger to someone. I've taken enough of the boss's crap—tell him he can stuff it, because I quit! Stuff it, Bill! You don't know what's best for me!
See also: stuff

stuff the ballot box

To manipulate or rig an election by entering fraudulent, illegal votes into a ballot in order to secure victory for a particular candidate or outcome. Though it is widely believed that the president of the country and his cronies have been stuffing the ballot box for the past several elections, as they control the regulatory committee there is no way to prove it. Opponents of the outcome have accused its supporters of stuffing the ballot box, but so far have provided no evidence whatsoever to back up that claim.
See also: box, stuff

stuff up

1. To be or become clogged. Said predominantly of one's nose or sinuses. I can tell it's hay fever season because my nose stuffs up each time I step foot outside.
2. To cause one's nose or sinuses to become clogged. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "up." Often used in passive constructions. All the dust from this construction work keeps stuffing me up. My nose has been stuffed up all weekend thanks to this cold.
3. To hide something by shoving it up and into something or some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "up." Apparently he had been stuffing cash up the chimney because he thought the hospice staff were stealing from him.
4. To pack or shove something into an opening in order to plug it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "up." We've been using rags to stuff up the leaks, but I don't know if it will be enough before we reach shore. You can stuff the chimney up with newspapers to keep the draft out, but just don't forget to clear it out before you light your next fire!
5. To pack something into someone or something until they or it is full. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "up." Often used in passive constructions. The restaurant proudly aims to stuff its patrons up with portions several times larger than what is normal or necessary. The spare bedroom is still all stuffed up with boxes and extra clothes from our move.
See also: stuff, up

stuff a cork in it

To stop talking and be quiet; to shut up. Usually used as an imperative. Stuff a cork in it, you two! I don't want to hear any more arguing until we get to Grandma's house. I was just about to tell them about Janet's pregnancy, but I stuffed a cork in it when she shot me an icy look. Oh, stuff a cork in it! No one wants to hear your complaints anymore.
See also: cork, stuff

stuff a sock in it

To stop talking and be quiet; to shut up. Usually used as an imperative. Stuff a sock in it, you two! I don't want to hear any more arguing until we get to Grandma's house. I was just about to tell them about Janet's pregnancy, but I stuffed a sock in it when she shot me an icy look. Oh, stuff a sock in it! No one wants to hear your complaints anymore.
See also: sock, stuff

stuff down

1. To shove, cram, or pack something down into something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "down." The criminal stuffed the bag of drugs down his pants when he saw a police car approaching. She ripped up the subpoena in rage and stuffed it down the garbage disposal.
2. To eat something very quickly or voraciously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "down." I felt sick after stuffing down that entire pizza all by myself. I used to be able to stuff a pint of ice cream down and not gain an ounce of weight. Now I gain five pounds just thinking about ice cream!
See also: down, stuff

stuff (one's) head full of (something)

To cause one to believe, think about, or be preoccupied with some idea or notion something. He believe the education system is stuffing kids with nonsense that they'll never need in the real world. I wish you wouldn't stuff Tommy's head full of those ridiculous fairy tales. His imagination is wild enough as it is.
See also: full, head, of, stuff

stuff (one's) head with (something)

To cause one to believe, think about, or be preoccupied with some idea or notion something. He believe the education system is stuffing kids with nonsense that they'll never need in the real world. I wish you wouldn't stuff Tommy's head with those ridiculous fairy tales. His imagination is wild enough as it is.
See also: head, stuff

stuff into (someone or something)

1. To shove, cram, or pack someone or something inside of something else, especially in a rough or careless manner. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "into." I wish you wouldn't just stuff your clothes into your suitcase like that—they're going to get all wrinkled! She stuffed all his belongings in a cardboard box and set it out on the curb. The street performer is able to stuff himself into a tiny box.
2. To force someone to go or stay in some cramped or confined thing or place. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "into." They've been stuffing the protestors into holding cells in the county jailhouse. This whole event was just so poorly organized. They stuffed all of us into this tiny classroom with no food, water, or air conditioning and expect us to stay here for 6 straight hours!
3. To force, compel, or persuade someone to eat or ingest a large amount of something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "into." My grandmother always stuffs food into me whenever I come to visit. The government has come under fire for ordering prison staff to stuff food into the hunger strikers. I hate how doctors try to stuff pills into you for even the tiniest of colds.
4. To manage to fit or condense a lot of some ingredient or substance into something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "into." Do you know how much butter they stuff into croissants? I try to stuff as many vegetables as I can into this pasta sauce.
5. To manage to fit or condense a lot of content into something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "into." Wow, they sure stuffed a ton of information into that conference. I hope I can remember it all! The director has stuffed every cliché of the genre into his latest film.
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stuff in

1. To shove, cram, or pack someone or something inside of something else, especially in a rough or careless manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "in." I wish you wouldn't just stuff in your clothes like that. They're going to get all wrinkled in your suitcase if you do that! She stuffed all his belongings in a cardboard box and set it out on the curb. The street performer is able to stuff himself in a tiny box.
2. To force someone to go or stay in some cramped or confined thing or place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "in." They need to stop stuffing in prisoners like that or the overpopulation of the prison will turn into a real crisis. This whole event was just so poorly organized. They stuffed all of us in a tiny classroom with no food, water, or air conditioning and expect us to stay here for 6 straight hours!
3. To compel or persuade someone to eat or ingest a large amount of something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "in." My grandmother always stuffs food in me whenever I come to visit. I hate how doctors try to stuff antibiotics in you for even the tiniest of colds.
4. To eat a large amount of food very quickly or voraciously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "in." The man just sat at the table stuffing in as much food as he could. You've got to stop stuffing your food in your face like that—it's going to give you indigestion!
5. To manage to fit or condense a lot of some ingredient or substance into something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "in." Do you know how much butter they stuff in those croissants? I try to stuff in as many vegetables as I can when I make pasta sauce.
6. To manage to fit or condense a lot of content into something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stuff" and "in." Wow, they sure stuffed a ton of information in that conference. I hope I can remember it all! The director is known for stuffing in every cliché imaginable whenever he makes any sort of genre film like that.
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stuff with (something)

1. To shove, cram, or pack something into something else, especially in a rough or careless manner. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "with." He stuffed the bag with all of his personal possessions and stormed off in a huff. I only have one big suitcase, so I have to stuff it with all of my clothes.
2. To fill something with a large amount of something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "with." They stuff the calzone with cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, and peppers. The popular store lets you design your own teddy bear and then stuff it with a super-soft polyester filling.
3. To compel or persuade someone to eat or ingest a large amount of something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "with." She always insists on stuffing guests with her baking whenever people come to visit. You can't just stuff your patients with painkillers instead of treating the underlying condition.
4. To eat a large amount of food. A reflexive pronoun is used between "stuff" and "with" unless used in a passive construction. I sat at the table stuffing myself with ice cream. I was so stuffed with pizza that I could barely move.
5. To cause one to believe, think about, or be preoccupied with some idea or notion something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "with," especially in the form "stuff one's head with something." He believe the education system is stuffing kids with nonsense that they'll never need in the real world. I wish you wouldn't stuff Tommy's head with those fairy tales. His imagination is wild enough as it is.
See also: stuff

stuff (someone, something, or oneself) full of (something)

1. To fill something with a large amount of something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "full of." Why are you stuffing your bag full of books for a camping trip? The popular store lets you design your own teddy bear and then stuff it with a super-soft polyester filling.
2. To compel or persuade someone to eat or ingest a large amount of something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "full of." My grandma always stuffs her visitors full of her homemade cakes and scones. You can't just stuff your patients full of painkillers instead of treating the underlying condition.
3. To eat a large amount of food. A reflexive pronoun is used between "stuff" and "full of" unless used in a passive construction. I sat at the table stuffing myself full of ice cream. I was so stuffed full of pizza that I could barely move.
4. To cause one to believe, think about, or be preoccupied with some idea or notion something. A noun or pronoun is used between "stuff" and "full of," especially in the form "stuff one's head full of something." He believe the education system is stuffing kids full of nonsense that they'll never need in the real world. I wish you wouldn't stuff Tommy's head full of those ridiculous fairy tales. His imagination is wild enough as it is.
See also: full, of, stuff

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

stuff something down something

to force something down inside of something. Don stuffed the cauliflower leaves down the garbage disposal and turned it on. Timmy stuffed the leaves down the hole and covered them with dirt.
See also: down, stuff

stuff something up

to plug something by stuffing something in its opening. He stuffed the hole up with old newspapers. Liz stuffed up the hole with paper.
See also: stuff, up

stuff something up something

to force something upward or up into something. He tried to hide the book by stuffing it up the chimney. Sam stuffed the money he found up the downspout, where he thought no one would find it.
See also: stuff, up

stuff the ballot box

to fill a ballot box with illegal votes or with more votes than the number of actual voters. The politician was charged with stuffing the ballot box. The ballot box was stuffed with lots of votes for the crooked politician.
See also: box, stuff

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

stuff it

Take back something, as in As for that memo of yours, you can just stuff it. This idiom is used, often as an interjection, to express contempt or defiance. Presumably it is short for "Stuff it up your ass." [ Vulgar slang; 1950s]
See also: stuff

stuff the ballot box

Put fraudulent votes in a ballot box, or otherwise cheat in an election. For example, The only way he'll win is if we stuff the ballot box. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: box, stuff

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, someone, stuffing

knock (or take) the stuffing out of someone

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

knock the ˈstuffing out of somebody

(informal) make somebody feel weak, mentally and/or physically: When his wife left him, it seemed to knock the stuffing out of him.This flu has really knocked the stuffing out of me.
Stuffing in this idiom refers to the soft material used to fill cushions, toys, etc.
See also: knock, of, out, somebody, stuffing

stuff up

v.
1. To pack or fill something completely with a large quantity of something: I can't eat any more—that big meal stuffed me up. We stuffed up the closet with all our old magazines.
2. To cause someone's sinus or nasal passages to be clogged: The flu really stuffed me up. I was stuffed up with a bad cold.
3. To be clogged. Used especially of sinus and nasal passages: My nose stuffs up whenever I catch a cold.
See also: stuff, up

stuff it

Vulgar Slang
Used as an intensive to express extreme anger, frustration, or disgust.
See also: stuff