Meaning of STUFF in English

STUFF

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be crammed/stuffed/packed etc full of sth

Ted’s workshop was crammed full of old engines.

hot stuff

The girls all think he’s hot stuff .

hot stuff (= very good )

His new film is hot stuff .

know your job/subject/stuff (= be good at and know all you should about a job or subject )

never touch the stuff (= never drink alcohol )

My grandfather was an alcoholic but I never touch the stuff .

sticky stuff

There’s some sticky stuff in your hair.

stuff a chicken (= fill a chicken with a mixture of onion, lemon, herbs etc )

stuff and nonsense old-fashioned (= nonsense )

When asked what he thought of astrology, he replied, 'Stuff and nonsense!'

stuff envelopes (= to put letters or documents into many envelopes, for example as part of a political compaign )

We need volunteers to stuff envelopes and deliver leaflets.

stuffed animal

stuffed shirt

stuff/thrust sth in your pocket (= put it there quickly and carelessly )

He took off his cap and stuffed it in his pocket.

the hard stuff (= strong alcohol )

I never touch the hard stuff .

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

full

August Jammed full of great stuff .

Furthermore, there's no removable storage, so once the disk is full the older stuff has to go.

They've got vaults full of the stuff .

Under his bed he had a complete medicine chest, full of stuff given him by a veterinary friend in Palm Beach.

good

It's usually good rich stuff , ideal for the flower beds, so that's where it was dispatched.

This is mostly mainstream, hit radio, but good stuff that still crosses over.

All good sensational stuff , but the all-important question is, is it going to happen?

She knows where the good stuff is.

It would be my turn to get the good stuff .

Now I get inta the good stuff .

It was good boys' stuff - the hero always scoring the winning goal, hit or try.

I suspect she is made of better stuff than that.

green

It may be anything - roots, green stuff , old apples: it all depends.

She must be getting the green stuff elsewhere.

But out it came, the lunch, the champagne, the money, all the green and folding stuff .

A roe deer came down into reeds opposite to munch at green stuff .

Just get a rhythm going with the steel, and start feeding the green stuff under the blade.

hard

I'd ease up on the hard stuff if I were you.

Harold thinks it would help him relax in the evening and not hit the hard stuff so hard.

At farmhouse level, cider is hard stuff to control, in the barrel or in the head.

They'd imagine me prostituting myself, or on the hard stuff .

There were about a dozen writers in hospitality, most of them busy knocking back the hard stuff .

The problem is that rock-climbers do all the hardest stuff in this game.

That's what my father used to say whenever he took a glass of the hard stuff .

I have come to believe that the soft occult more often than not leads to the hard stuff .

hot

These are pretty hot stuff so it is £80 I am afraid.

Flings like the recent Los Angeles Salsa Festival are proof that hoofers have the hot stuff .

It's hot stuff you're dealing with.

Yeahhrrr I say. Hot stuff , Sebastian.

old

There's some nice old family stuff put away - crochet edges, embroidery, that kind of thing.

I was told that in order to take up that old stuff , it and the plywood should be removed.

And yet it turns out to be the same old stuff only worse, more, again, further.

Only a touch of the old stuff .

Furthermore, there's no removable storage, so once the disk is full the older stuff has to go.

We discovered new ways of working together. Old stuff now, but nobody had done it that way before.

This is all such old stuff .

I love that old show-biz stuff .

real

The real stuff would cost a mint.

The real stuff is what keeps him here.

We crawled through the bushes; real ambush stuff , straight down the road, into the van and drove very fast.

But we always deal with the real stuff , the curriculum, kids' needs, and the rest.

Check the coping. Real pool stuff .

Antimatter, it turns out, is real , nonfiction stuff , but too rare to be used directly as rocket fuel.

The real vintage stuff , like Travolta leather and vinyl jackets, can still be found in local second-hand stores for cheap.

A sophisticated snowmaking system makes up for any lack of the real stuff .

right

He had attitude, the right stuff , like a nineteenth-century beatnik.

If in doubt see if it melts with heat, then you are sure you have the right stuff .

This guy Powell has the right stuff .

Now it's the turn of the attack to show it's made of the right stuff .

Often the right stuff is buried under an avalanche of garbage.

Switching on the overdrive channel, however, gave immediate access to the right stuff .

Bob Dole, for instance, demonstrated he has the right stuff by conceding his loss with dignity and congratulating the president.

rough

There's no rough stuff from the police - nothing you could file a complaint about - just an unexpected public display.

I wait for the rough stuff .

I nursed my damaged finger, and showed it to anyone who wanted me to join in the rough stuff .

A great route, but strictly for lovers of full body contact and a bit of the rough stuff .

A spot of rough stuff in the night; that's all they expected.

But she might still be a hindrance when it came to the rough stuff .

It should out-point them on the rough stuff , too, for the Range Rover is still king of the wild frontiers.

small

Of course, that is still small stuff compared with developments elsewhere.

The small time stuff took the money from the council houses.

So we get him back and he gets maybe an extra six months for going over the wall. Small stuff .

Plenty of smaller stuff too, though.

It was all just small stuff , tenders and shuttles.

What income he has comes from heroin, extortion and other people's thieving. Small time stuff , with small people.

Noreen's my girl, I've brought her small stuff .

If this was the small stuff what was the big stuff like?

stern

This time, however, the opposition was made of sterner stuff .

But it seems to us that hypocrisy should be made of sterner stuff .

Ann, made of sterner stuff than the rest of her tribe, leapt from the car, determined to fish.

Miller seemed about to choke on his drink, but Floyd was made of sterner stuff .

But Bastide was made of sterner stuff .

She examined little boys as if they were made of much sterner stuff than mere flesh and bone.

In the years separating the two Great Wars women were made of sterner stuff .

usual

He asked Sarah for the photo and he was doing his usual stuff , you know, hand on heart.

But really, now, the season is all about the usual stuff .

I got the usual stuff people get; there were always insensitive professors and they comment.

You know, the usual Fox stuff .

We sat them down and gave them a drink and asked them the usual stuff .

She's also got the usual Walt Disney stuff .

The usual stuff - eat lightly before bed, nothing milky, exercise, cut out fats and keep the tubes clear.

very

Controversy, intrigue, the literary spilling of blood is the very stuff of the Guitarist letters page.

This is the very stuff of college life.

Parades are the very stuff of Protestant politics.

We have looked upon it almost as convertible with thought, of which we have called it the very stuff and process.

What are these other than the very stuff of economic development?

■ VERB

buy

I never bought that stuff about her ever-expanding conscience and I certainly never bought any of her beauty products.

They buy some of the stuff at the grocery.

The negro was obviously homosexual and I realized that homosexuals had been buying that stuff for years.

He must buy this stuff on Times Square.

Its operating software costs almost nothing to market and sell; computer makers hammer on Microsoft's door to buy the stuff .

If you can swing it, by all means buy them new stuff .

People bought the stuff on trust.

do

You should do more of this stuff .

I could tell him that tonight, and we could do map stuff .

If it was necessary, I could do hillbilly stuff .

You want to do stuff to them, put parts of your body in parts of their bodies.

I did some bad stuff to some people to prove myself, but I was racked with guilt.

Now do stuff that will make us want to keep watching.

Afterwards, I stood up to do my stuff .

What teachers need to do is put the stuff of the curriculum in its proper perspective.

get

Lately we get people round asking if we've got any of her stuff .

I got a lot of stuff for free, a lot of people helped.

It's got stuff in it, but I can't see what it is.

We got our stuff together and got out to the car a little after ten.

You steal my money you get from selling stuff I carried.

It would be my turn to get the good stuff .

A writer gets to make stuff up, while a journalist rewrites press releases.

hear

So where can I hear this stuff ?

And I could hear stuff going on in his stomach.

She heard that stuff a lot.

I love the patriotic feeling I get, hearing this stuff .

The attraction here is the chance to hear the stuff live and to marvel at the harmonies and pristine sound.

play

Amazing producer, composer and he can play great stuff .

Fraser and I both studied classical music and revived it playing traditional stuff .

put

Perhaps you'd put the stuff all ready in the treatment-room, Nurse Avery.

They are put forward as the stuff of everyday life.

You get yourself over there, we put the stuff in his car.

I wanted to put all that two-faced stuff behind us and settle down with Mary-Claude to live a half-way normal life.

What teachers need to do is put the stuff of the curriculum in its proper perspective.

I put my stuff in a locker and Went out.

It takes too much space and you tend to add different information to different copies and then forget where you put stuff .

read

They read my stuff in the paper and they write me.

strut

And, as it happens, I haven't come to watch you strut your stuff on this dubious little contract.

I have done nothing to allow it to grow, change or strut its stuff .

Enjoys windsurfing, working out at the gym and strutting his funky stuff on the dance floor.

To celebrate, the ensemble will strut their stuff for hometown fans in Ticket to Amsterdam.

Just the thing to stop you from dropping down dead after strutting your stuff to the latest chart topper!

And by 1895, the city was ready to strut its stuff when it hosted the Cotton States International Exposition.

The presenters strut their stuff behind a podium instead of on a runway.

touch

My father would not touch the stuff , he said it might be poisonous.

I hardly even touch the stuff .

Not that Clarissa ever touched the stuff .

Well-behaved high-caste Hindus do not touch the stuff , and the constitution enshrines prohibition as a public goal.

write

And they write this stuff called love poetry.

But my teacher writes the stuff on the blackboard so quickly and then erases it before I can copy it all.

How could she have written such stuff ?

I thought they would come to school and write nasty letters and stuff .

He's determined to explore all the avenues open to him, including writing folky and pastoral stuff .

You look at these old broadcasts and you see these literate, well-traveled, mostly men who wrote their own stuff .

Did she want to write such weary stuff ?

Somehow, we hoped, when the test finally came, she would be able to finesse the written stuff .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bit of stuff/fluff/skirt

be made of sterner stuff

But Bastide was made of sterner stuff.

But it seems to us that hypocrisy should be made of sterner stuff.

In the years separating the two Great Wars women were made of sterner stuff.

Miller seemed about to choke on his drink, but Floyd was made of sterner stuff.

The female characters, too, are made of sterner stuff than the quick-witted schemers of Figaro.

The visitors seem to be made of sterner stuff.

This time, however, the opposition was made of sterner stuff.

don't sweat the small stuff

kid's stuff

knock the stuffing out of sb

strut your stuff

He likes to strut his stuff on the stage in the annual Shakespeare production.

Look at Dave strutting his stuff on the dance floor.

We watched the sixteen year olds strutting their stuff on the dance floor.

And by 1895, the city was ready to strut its stuff when it hosted the Cotton States International Exposition.

And, as it happens, I haven't come to watch you strut your stuff on this dubious little contract.

I have done nothing to allow it to grow, change or strut its stuff.

Just the thing to stop you from dropping down dead after strutting your stuff to the latest chart topper!

No, this guy's fault is he had one too many bourbons before getting up to strut his stuff on the dance-floor.

The presenters strut their stuff behind a podium instead of on a runway.

To celebrate, the ensemble will strut their stuff for hometown fans in Ticket to Amsterdam.

the green stuff

Just get a rhythm going with the steel, and start feeding the green stuff under the blade.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Do you have any of that clear plastic stuff to cover food with?

I've got some sort of sticky stuff on my shoe.

I don't know how we're going to get all this stuff into the car.

Our camping stuff alone took up most of the space in the back of the car.

That stuff stinks.

The builders have left all their stuff round the back of the house.

They sent me a bunch of stuff about the university.

What's that sticky stuff on the floor?

What kind of stuff did they teach you there?

You're not going to have a lot of time to pack up your stuff before you move.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But now she's all married and stuff .

Gore needs to maintain an impression that all of this is everyday, normal stuff .

So you only send non-confidential stuff that way.

Ted had never talked like this, filler talk, stuff you say when you are getting used to having a visitor.

There were 2 attacks early on, but it takes stronger stuff than this to beat Grimsby.

We had some spare time, so we started messing around with samples and sequencers and stuff .

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

down

I can see the black-backed notebooks, stuffed down between the sacks like something lost in a hayloft.

■ NOUN

box

Stella and he had found them stuffed into old cigar boxes and plastic shopping bags scattered in different places around the house.

envelope

She doesn't think that stuffing envelopes for the Democrats once every four years makes her an activist.

A secretary worked at a desk piled with green stock certificates, stuffing them into manila envelopes .

Finding volunteers to stuff envelopes for the local theater may be relatively easy.

She also worked in abortion clinics stuffing envelopes or providing counseling over the phone.

face

He's been stuffing his face ever since we left London.

hand

He stuffed his hands in his trouser-pockets and regarded her with enigmatic eyes.

The old man stuffed his hands in his back pockets.

mouth

Leif, the beggar, was crouched in the inglenook, stuffing his mouth full of richly sauced venison.

Omar sighed, his round smooth cheeks swelling with the meat, mashed potatoes, and peas-he had stuffed in his mouth .

He sat by a table and stuffed chips into his mouth .

She broke off a piece of baguette, spread it with butter and jam, stuffed it into her mouth .

But her tongue feels as if it has been stuffed in her mouth like a rag to keep her quiet.

But he marks his victims, apart from stuffing their mouths with hair.

Even when a gag was stuffed into her mouth the sounds went on and on.

pocket

Dougal stuffed them into his pocket .

He took off his tie and stuffed it into his pocket .

He tore it free, stuffed it in his pocket and returned the pad, slamming the drawer and locking it.

And the more seats that are filled, the more cash promoter Bob Arum and the fighters can stuff into their pockets .

Gathering up the debris, she stuffed it into her pocket to dispose of in the galley bin below.

When no one was looking, I stepped outside and walked home, my hands stuffed into my pockets .

Magee took one, glanced at it and stuffed it into his pocket .

They were sleeping with their pants on, and with their passports, watches, and wallets stuffed in their front pockets .

turkey

Cook separately, or use to stuff a turkey .

If you stuffed the turkey , remove the stuffing and store separately.

Most home cooks prefer to roast a stuffed whole wild turkey for the drama of the presentation.

■ VERB

try

Now Tabitha sat on the bunk, trying to stuff everything back into the bag.

The Husayns seemed to have got hold of a piece of pottery and were trying to stuff it under Khan's coat.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bit of stuff/fluff/skirt

be made of sterner stuff

But Bastide was made of sterner stuff.

But it seems to us that hypocrisy should be made of sterner stuff.

In the years separating the two Great Wars women were made of sterner stuff.

Miller seemed about to choke on his drink, but Floyd was made of sterner stuff.

The female characters, too, are made of sterner stuff than the quick-witted schemers of Figaro.

The visitors seem to be made of sterner stuff.

This time, however, the opposition was made of sterner stuff.

full/packed/stuffed etc to the gills

If Tapie was a fish he'd be stuffed to the gills this issue!

It's a surprise then to find the Powerhaus pretty much packed to the gills .

kid's stuff

the green stuff

Just get a rhythm going with the steel, and start feeding the green stuff under the blade.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Could you help me stuff these peppers?

He had the fish stuffed to put on the wall in his office.

She hurriedly stuffed some things into an overnight bag and left.

We had to stuff envelopes with letters and information packs.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

After all, peacock feathers still shine brightly when their owner is dead and stuffed.

I stuffed my shirt tail back into my trousers and tried to straighten my tie.

Life, for me, is certainly not too short to stuff a mushroom.

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