Green’s Dictionary of Slang

crap, the phr.

1. (orig. US) the essence, the stuffing; esp. in phrs. below.

implied in kick the crap out of
[US]J.T. Farrell ‘Teamster’s Payday’ in To Whom It May Concern 60: Hadn’t he licked the crap out of three hoodlums?
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Rock 96: He [...] shot the crap out of him.
[US](con. WWII) L. Cameron Dirty War of Sergeant Slade (1967) 160: They were shooting the crap out of him with machine guns.
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 259: You’re gonna get the crap whacked outta ya.
[US]J. Thompson ‘Sunrise at Midnight’ in Fireworks (1988) 172: Clobber the guy [...] Clobber the living crap out of him.
[US]S. King Christine 309: I think you’re lying about what they did to your car; your girl said they mashed the crap out of it.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 69: Bash the crap out of a child and you’ll get four or five months.
[US]‘Bill E. Goodhead’ Nubile Treat [Internet] His lust for her had been aroused, and now he was hot to fuck the crap out of her.
[UK]M. Manning Get Your Cock Out 51: Mincey [...] started banging the crap out of his vinegar stick.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 64: Somebody had punched the crap out of him.

2. (orig. US) a euph. for hell, the phr. (1) used in questions, e.g. what the crap do you want?

[US]W. Motley Let No Man Write My Epitaph 335: Who the crap asked you to come over here?
[US]D. Ward Day of Absence in Black Drama 201: What the crap good are they!
W. Herrick Hermanos! 321: Who the crap cares, yuh big jerk.
[US]in W. Brasmer Black Drama 201: Well, what the crap good are they!
R. Grossman Alphabet Man 177: Who the crap cares?
D. Westheimer Death Is lighter Than a Feather 90: How the crap should Ah know?
H.H. Hickam October Sky 369: Calvin, what the crap are you doin?
M. Malone Uncivil Seasons 232: Where the crap have you been?!
D. Shulman Past Is Never Dead 225: How the crap did you find me?
R.M. Silva Puppetmyst 144: ‘Who the Crap is Chip!’ I wanted to ask.
Y. Galenom Darkling 21: Jesus, what the crap are you on?

In phrases

kick the crap out of (v.)

(orig. US) to beat up.

J.T. Farrell Young Lonigan 106: He’ll kick the crap out of you.
[US]I. Shulman Amboy Dukes 161: I’m one guy who knows that he can kick the crap outa you.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Tomboy (1952) 66: You know what to do [...] kick the crap out of them.
[US]M. Spillane Long Wait (1954) 61: He just had the crap kicked outa him.
[US](con. 1920s) J. Thompson South of Heaven (1994) 34: If I was really a friend of yours, I’d kick the crap out of you.
[US]J. Ridley Everybody Smokes in Hell 49: The sun was heading into round two of its daily struggle with the smog. Losing. Getting the crap kicked out of it.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 25 June 20: Three of us hit it with sticks and I kicked the crap out of it.
[Ire]F. Mac Anna Cartoon City 248: Tell that to Psychodad. He already kicked the crap out of you once.
[US]T. Piccirilli Fever Kill 63: The days [...] in the jail kicking the crap out of Crease.
[US]T. Dorsey Atomic Lobster 124: I might kick the crap out of you, but that’s just involuntary reflex.
knock the crap out of (v.) (also beat the crap out of, slap the crap out of)

1. (orig. US) to beat up.

[US]N. Algren Never Come Morning (1988) 196: Down my way he [i.e. a pimp] takes all her money ’n slaps the crap out of her.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 86: Move on, move on before I knock-the-crap-out-of-you.
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 52: Come back here, wise guy, or I’ll knock the crap out of you.
[US]Laurents & Sondheim West Side Story I i: You’re gonna make nice with them PRs from now on. Because otherwise I’m gonna beat the crap outa every one of ya and then run ya in.
[US]I. Freeman Out of the Burning (1961) 123: They would slap the crap out of him to make him talk.
[US]H. Ellison ‘High Dice’ in Gentleman Junkie 88: Kurt [...] beat the crap outta him.
[US]S. King Dead Zone (1980) 51: A great, mean, blond-haired Southern boy [...] had beaten the crap out of him.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 33: ‘Your mother’s fuckin’ deaf!’ ‘My brother isn’t, and he’ll beat the crap out of you.’.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 33: Flashing knives and shit [...] beating the crap out of prostitutes and so on.
[US]N. Green Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 46: They beat the crap out of him right there.

2. in fig. sense, to malign.

[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 157: Jimmy’s old man threatened to beat the crap out of him if he didn’t tell the truth.
scare the (living) crap out of (v.)

to terrify.

[US](con. 1930s) R. Wright Lawd Today 174: He scared the piss out of them rich white folks!
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 85: It just scares the crap outta ya.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 115: Almost literally scaring the crap out of the already nervous Captain Drobeck.
[US]J. Wambaugh Glitter Dome (1982) 63: ‘BLOOO-EEE!’ Herman III yelled, this time scaring the living crap out of Al Mackey and Martin Welborn.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 58: She was scaring the living crap out of Winnie Farlowe.
[UK]Guardian 6 Nov. 1: The speed and intensity of the Taliban response at Mullah Omar’s compound ‘scared the crap out of everyone’, a senior official told the New Yorker.