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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

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 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
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Once the turkey is out of the oven, remove the stuffing and allow the turkey to stand 20 to 30 minutes before carving (in the kitchen for less stress).
Cook: Cook stuffing to a safe minimum internal temperature.
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Loosely spoon stuffing into body and neck cavities (don't overstuff, as the stuffing will expand as it is moistened by the turkey juices) and truss as directed.
To keep the stuffing in the turkey or to close the neck and body cavities in an unstuffed bird (season inside cavities with seasoned salt and pepper, pieces of onions and celery, if desired), fold the neck skin over the back skin and fasten with a skewer, trussing pins or toothpicks; then twist the wing tips under the back of the turkey to rest against the neck skin.
NOTE: If you have any leftover stuffing after stuffing hens, turn into a baking pan, cover with foil and refrigerate until baking.
Stir in herb seasoned stuffing mix, pecans and grated orange peel; add water and toss lightly to combine.
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