take the starch out of

take the starch out of  {v. phr.},  {informal}
1. To make (someone) feel weak or tired.
The hot weather took the starch out of Mrs. Jones, and she didn't feel like doing a thing.
The cross-country run took all the starch out of the boys.
Categories: {informal} {v. phr.}

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