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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.
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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.
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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The oxidation levels did not alter the gelatinization temperature of most starches, but increased the peak pasting viscosity of both types of corn and rice starches.
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A review of the physicochemical and functional properties of Tacca starch and its derivatives as would be seen in this paper reveals that it can compare favourably with corn and cassava starches thereby freeing cassava tubers to produce staple foods that will alleviate hunger in many African countries especially in Nigeria and tubers like Tacca, can be maximally utilized for the industrial starch production.
These robust starches enable the improvement in texture and process tolerance in a wide selection of foods with absolutely no detriment to quality--even enhancing the consumer experience.
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Paper mills use starches from various sources, such as regular corn, waxy maize, tapioca, potato, and wheat.
Different forms of RS are recognised and these have been called RS1 (starch granules physically entrapped in plant tissues found in wholegrain cereal foods), RS2 (particularly insoluble granules of starch found in foods such as legumes), RS3 (crystalline starch formed when hot starchy foods are cooled) and RS4 (chemically modified starches used as thickening agents in processed foods).
National Starch is poised to offer all of those attributes and more with its line of resistant starches, making it a formidable competitor in the nutraceuticals arena.
STARCH PARTICLE VOLUME in maize is an important property for food and industrial applications of starches, because it may influence the performance characteristics during modification of granular starch products and, consequently, the functional properties of the starch in addition to wet-milling properties of the grain.