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stuff

noun uk   /stʌf/ us  

stuff noun (SUBSTANCE)

B1 [U] informal used to refer to a substance or a group of things, ideas, etc., often with a description of their general type or quality or saying who they belong to, without saying exactly what they are: There's sticky stuff all over the chair. We'll have to carry all our camping stuff. Do you want help bringing your stuff (= possessions) in from the van? All that stuff she has been saying about Lee is rubbish.the stuff of sth literary something that a particular type of thing is made of or based on: Her appetite for shopping became the stuff of legend.
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stuff noun (QUALITY)

the stuff of sth literary the most necessary, important, or typical part of something: A thwarted love affair is the (very) stuff of fiction. [U] US In baseball, a pitcher's stuff is the quality and variety of their pitches (= throws to the player hitting the ball): Avery had great stuff, total command of all three of his pitches.

stuff

verb uk   /stʌf/ us  

stuff verb (FILL)

[T] to completely fill a container with something: Stuff the cushion and then sew up the final seam. Under her bed, they found a bag stuffed with money.C2 [T] informal to push something into a small space, often quickly or in a careless way: This case is absolutely full - I can't stuff another thing into it. [T] to fill the body of a dead animal with special material so that it looks as if it is still alive [T] mainly UK offensive (of a man) to have sex with a woman
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stuff verb (FOOD)

[T] to fill food with stuffing: Stuff the turkey, then put it into a pre-heated oven.

stuff verb (EAT)

stuff yourself informal to eat a lot: They'd been stuffing themselves with snacks all afternoon, so they didn't want any dinner.
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