take the starch out of so
take the starch out of (so) definition
to reduce someone's self-assurance; to reduce someone's conceit. : I took the starch out of Kelly by telling him where he was headed if he didn't change his ways.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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