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knock the starch out of (one)

1. To strike or assault one violently and severely. Likened to a stiff, starched shirt being beaten until it is limp. Hey, watch it, pal, or I'll knock the starch out of you! Two guys mugged me and then knocked the starch out of me last night.
2. To completely outclass, outdo, or outperform someone or something; to soundly defeat or best someone or something. Catherine knocked the starch out of the other kids in the spelling bee.
3. To reduce or damage someone's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate someone. His defeat in court really knocked the starch out of Tom. Don't let a silly performance review knock the starch out of you like that—you've got to have confidence in your own abilities.
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take the starch out of (one)

To reduce or damage someone's ego or pride; to humble or humiliate someone. I'm really glad that pompous oaf lost his court case—maybe that will take the starch out of him a bit. His rejection from the literary magazine really took the starch out of Tom. Don't let a silly performance review take the starch out of you like that—you've got to have confidence in your own work.
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starched

slang In mixed martial arts, knocked unconscious. He talked a big game during the pre-fight press conference, but he ended up getting starched in the first few minutes.
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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.
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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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take the starch out of someone

shake someone's confidence, especially by humiliating them. US
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starched

and starchy
mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also stiff.) No, he wasn’t quite stiff, but he was starched.
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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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Adeyemi said 'Importation of starch is still going on massively, most of the companies that use starch in Nigeria still stock their warehouses with imported starch and creating the challenges of patronage for the locally produced starch.
'We are crying that this is affecting farmers in Nigeria because if the off-take of cassava is very low by the starch producers, evidently, the encouragement the farmers need to continue to farm and tackle issues around food security, issues around industrialization, even the loans from the Anchor Borrowers Program that those farmers take to grow cassava may be problematic to return because the off-market from the local starch producers is very low.
In the food & beverage industry, corn starch is utilized in gluten-free food items as a substitute ingredient to wheat starch.
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The researchers determined the swelling power of the starch by preparing and weighing swollen starch granules.
The researchers prepared a series of modified starches with a degree of substitution of 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2, as well as native starch.
Research evaluating the relationship between resistant starch intake and body composition has found a correlation between lower lean body mass and decreased fat mass in rats who were fed resistant starch.
Research has shown that foods high in resistant starch also play a beneficial role in balancing gut bacteria.
Corn starch esters synthesis with fatty acids has been carried out using vinyl laurate and stearate as reagents [5].
Some authors propose a method for synthesizing starch esters by fatty acids without organic solvents as the most effective [6].
Acetylated distarch adipate (ADiSP) is a cross-linked composite modified starch obtained by esterification of starch with adipic acid and acetic anhydride.
Acetylated tapioca distarch adipate was prepared by acetylation and cross-linking reaction using tapioca starch as a raw material and a mixture of acetic anhydride and adipic acid as acetalation and cross-linking agent, respectively, and by a wet approach.
A volume of 0.5 ml of the substrate (1% of soluble starch in the acetate buffer) at 50[degrees]C was added into the test tube containing 0.5 ml of the enzyme (fermentation broth) for 30 minutes.
The Crop Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), Fumesua, is using genetic techniques to develop new cassava varieties with high starch, fiber, nutrient content, and other functional properties.
The sour cassava starch production begins with the extraction of starch, which consists of cleaning, peeling, chopping, pressing and straining the cassava roots.