Posted by Bob on February 08, 2006
In Reply to: Kick the snot out of him posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 07, 2006
: : : : : : Please, can anybody explain me the meaning of "I want to kick the snot out of him".
: : : : : : Thnaks a lot in advance.
: : : : : Kick or hit him so hard that mucus comes out of his nose. A more vulgar version: kick the sh*t out of him. Hit him so hard he soils his pants.
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: : : : "Snot" here is certainly a euphemism for "s h i t". I'm afraid.
: : : But of course the entire phrase is a typical expansion and vulgarization for the purpose of emphasis. When you kick the snot out of him, equally the s h i t, you do so figuratively. Beat the s... out of him is used the same way. You normally stop doing it long before either snot or s h i t is visible. Of course, if the subject of the beating is "full of s h i t" (another figurative phrase meaning, roughly--very roughly--mired in error), perhaps he will be less "full of s h i t" after the beating. I say all this for your understanding of the phrase. I entreat you not to use it, ever. SS
: : A phrase that I favor: "Slap the taste out of his mouth."
: I'm afraid that Smokey has obviously never lived in a garrison town or among real low life. Any ambulance driver or accident-and-emergency doctor will have seen cases where someone has indeed been kicked into that literal state. (VSD)
So we can conclude that the real meaning of "I want to kick the snot out of him" is "I have anger management issues, a vague sense of victimization mixed with self-appointed entitlement, and testosterone poisoning." Yeah. He's the guy at the end of the bar with the snake tattoo, who's never had much luck with women.