shit, the phr.
1. (also the living shit, the shitter) constr. with the and a vb. of aggression, the essence, the absolute; usu. in phr. ...the shit out of.
|letter q. in Wiley Life of Billy Yank (1952) 213: If it were not for the difference in rank I would [...] knock shit out of you.|
|q. in Jrnl House of Representatives (Ohio) 207: He says, ‘If you don’t register me, God damn you, I will knock the shit out of you’.|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 107: I know I’m boring the shit out of you.|
|World I Never Made 123: If you ever say I told you, I’ll lam the shit out of you.|
|in Derelicts of Company K (1978) 305: I see the fuckin’ Haole chewing the shit out of the Buddhaheads.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 311: Anything was better than sitting waiting for the show to start and getting the shit shelled out of you.|
|Sexus (1969) 137: I wouldn’t wait till I was old and decrepit, until they had first hammered the shit out of me and then salved me with the Nobel Prize.|
|Sel. Letters (1981) 698: When you finish a book it knocks the shit out of you.letter 2 June in Baker|
|Augie March (1996) 170: Next time I’ll shoot the shit out of you.|
|Start in Life (1979) 99: If I had suddenly been able to get my hands on the thieving bastard I’d have choked the shit out of him.|
|A Stretch of the Imagination (2000) 121: You beat the shitter out of me, Mervyn, fractured my skull.|
|Trapper’s Last Shot (1974) 172: Earl Scruggs [...] played the living shit out of his banjo.|
|Secrets of Harry Bright (1986) 193: He thrills the shit outta all the sissies and they buy him lots of drinks.|
|Six Out Seven (1994) 320: Keep a whole family flat on the floor for hours, man . . . tearin the shit out your place.|
|Dolores Claiborne 143: You know, you startled the shit out of me, woman.|
|Lucky You 18: The feds had shot the shit out of him.|
|Source Oct. 96: I wrote the shit out of that album.|
|Observer Mag. 7 Nov. 13: It must creep the shit out of you, someone getting into your house and sleeping in your bed.|
|Keepers of Truth 44: That unnerved the shit out of her.|
|Chopper 4 43: He actually won the fight, punching ten shades of shit of the numbnut dago.|
|Life 50: Two blokes kicking the shit out of some poor little bugger.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Shameeq cut off KG’s weak pleas by smacking the shit out of him.|
|Chicago Trib. 23 Feb. 4/1: [headline] Female Friends Spend Raucous Night Validating the Living Shit Out of Each Other.|
|Balimore Sun (MD) 3 June T23/4: ‘We will not kick the living shit out of you’.|
2. (orig. US) constr. with the, a general intensifier, e.g. who the shit are you?, let’s get the shit out of here; usu. as what the shit...? phr.
|Garden of Sand (1981) 446: Hey, how in the shit old are you anyway?|
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 55: Let’s get the shit on.‘Harlem Transfer’ in King|
|Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 12 July 7/4: Who the shit cares.|
3. the epitome, the very best.
|Observer (London) 23 Nov. 229/1: ‘I’m the man, I’m the shit’.|
|‘I Can’t Quit’ [lyrics] And rappers hate it cause they know I’m the shit / [...] / People hate it when you better than them.|
|Thrill City [ebook] That [i.e. methamphetamine] is the shit. That is the fucking shit.|
|The Force [ebook] A cop on these streets [...] you’d better be arrogant. There are people up here, they see you don’t think you’re the shit, they will kill you.|
see beat the shit out of v.
see separate entry.
to beat severely; thus kick-shitting adj.
|Ulysses 301: Gob, Jack made him toe the line. Told him if he didn’t patch up the pot, Jesus, he’d kick the shite out of him.|
|‘The Castration of the Strawberry Roan’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 95: You damned outlaw, just wait till I’m through, / ’Cause I’m gonna kick all the shit out of you.|
|End as a Man (1952) 233: Jocko sprang into a crouch, his fists up [...] ‘I’ll kick the shit out of you!’.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 92: These sportsmen would be serious men if it came to kicking the shit out of you.|
|Realist Sept. 24/2: Get together and fight, you are getting the shit kicked out of you.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 387: He sho kick the livin’ shit out of yuh.|
|Street Players 99: He kicked the shit out of one of the police officers.|
|Never Die Alone 21: She wasn’t too young to see her mother get the shit kicked out of her.|
|Sexual Perversity in Chicago (1994) 84: So I lean back and kick the shit out of it three or four times.|
|Patriot Game (1985) (1985) 233: I’m gonna kick the shit out of you.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 111: Kicked the shit out of —.West in|
|(con. 1956) My Secret Hist. (1990) 66: If you say one more word I’ll kick the living shit out of you!|
|One Night Out Stealing 54: Kicked the fuckin shet out of him.|
|White Shoes 251: They both started [...] bashing the shit out of each other.|
|Observer Rev. 4 July 12: Helen kicked 50 shades of shit out of him.|
|Guardian Rev. 21 Jan. 19: The story of a kick-shitting redneck transvestite.|
|Get Your Cock Out 50: Pointing at the perma-blasted, short-sighted Mexican kicking the shit out of some poor guy.|
|Observer Mag. 27 Feb. 23: Yeah, I got into a fight, too, one time and kicked the shit out of this guy.|
|Soho 220: I’m going to kick the living shit out of this prat here.|
|Chicken (2003) 130: Getting her off the streets, where she was sure to get the shit repeatedly kicked out of her.|
|Kill Your Friends (2009) 21: Our Managing Director’s idea of a reasonable evening’s entertainment involves paying a couple of rent boys to kick the living shit out of him.|
1. to beat severely.
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 82: Come on, you fuckin’ punks, we’re going to take you out in the park and knock the shit out of you!|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 174: A so-called man [...] promises himself he’ll knock the shit out of the bastard.‘The Law of Retribution’ in|
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] Most of them had a pretty cushy time [...] except for the two big battles where the battleships knocked shit out of each other .|
|Snapper 197: You should knock the shite ou’ of him though.|
|Two-Bear Mambo (1996) 5: That motherfucker tripped my black ass and knocked the dog shit out of me.|
2. in fig. use of sense 1.
|Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 12 July 7/6: Well, I’m going to knock the shit out of this story.|
see beat the shit out of v.
(orig. US) to terrify.
|Don’t Tread on Me (1987) 7: I scared the shit out of him!letter 31 Oct. in Crowther|
|Tropic of Cancer (1963) 175: Frankly, that scared the shit out of me.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 114: Fancy five days like that, with the shit scared out of you and killing Jerries for trying to chase you off a place where you hate like hell being.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 895: What the hell you doin out here, Mack? [...] You like to scare the livin shit out of us.|
|Narrows 241: That’s right, Miss Doris, you go in there and scare the shit out of that buffalo.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 27: I think we scared the shit out of them.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 463: I [...] put on a bulldrunk that scared the shit out of the Observer honchos.letter 19 Aug. in|
|Towards the End of Morning (2000) 9: I’d scare the living shits out of you lot.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 107: These dinky little planes that scare the living shit out of you.|
|Carlito’s Way 63: He [...] stumbled into the morgue attendant’s office — scared the shit out of the guy.|
|Nam (1982) 138: We’d just try to scare the shit out of them.|
|Brown’s Requiem 64: Them seizures scare the shit out of him.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 124: I’d get the people you’ve been interviewing by the short hairs and really grip them. Frighten the shit out of them.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 104: He keeps this 12-gauge shotgun, and he [...] heads for the mother-in-law, and he’s gonna scare the shit out of her.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 382: You’re going to scare the shit out of Patchett and you’re going to do whatever it takes to get what we both want.|
|Way Past Cool 150: We ever scare the holy shit outa them little bastards!|
|Lucky You 142: First he’d scare the living shit out of the guy.|
|Indep. Rev. 13 July 9: The success of Angels scared the shit out of me.|
|Indep. on Sun. Rev. 28 May 49: You scared the shit outtta me.|
|Dead Long Enough 113: They would have scared the living shit out of me.|
|Crooked Little Vein 216: I just want to get done with this job that has scared the shit out of me.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] She could still scare the shit out of me.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 49: ‘What? I frighten you?’ ‘Scared the shit out of me is more like it’.|
|Thrill City [ebook] I could tell Izzy wasn’t happy with our life together, which scared the shit out of me.|
to beat severely.
|(con. 1960s) Whoreson 253: I leaned over and slapped the shit out of her.|
|Q&A 138: He tried to wire up one of my clients against me [...] I called him up and told him I was gonna slap the shit outta him.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 180: ‘Don’t go gettin’ ethnic with me, potato head, or I’ll slap the shit outta you ...’ ‘You couldn’t slap the shit out of a squirrel.’.|
see beat the shit out of v.
see beat the shit out of v.