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Beat the shit out of

beat the shit out of

verb phrase

(Variations: bejabbers or bejesus or daylights or hell or kishkes or living daylights or living shit or stuffing or tar or whey may replace shit; kick or knock or another term denoting assault or punishment may replace beat) To defeat or thrash thoroughly; trounce; clobber: tried to blackmail him, he’s beat the shit out of you/ He went up against palooka and they beat the stuffing out of him/ ”I’ll sue the shit out of her,” vowed Professor Gold (entry form 1950+; others generally earlier)


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