In The Lost Boys, Grandpa leaving the house & Michael say this words to him:

Grandpa: Just going to drop by some of my handiwork to the Widow Johnson.

Michael: What did you stuff for her? Mr. Johnson?

Grandpa: Yeah, well, I'll see you two guys later.

Sam: That wasn't funny, Mike.


After doing some research, this website says that Grandpa is a taxidermist.

Taxidermy: the preserving of an animal's body via stuffing or mounting for the purpose of display or study


A taxidermist stuffs dead animals to mount them such that they appear alive. Here is the definition of stuff:

Stuff (verb) [1]: to pack or fill completely; cram


Is this dialogue, Grandpa is dropping off a stuffed animal at the Widow Johnson's house. Michael jokes that he stuffed her dead husband (presumably).

Here is a picture of a stuffed deer head:

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    I very nearly downvoted this, because I initially misread the cited question as What did you stuff her for? Which is a relatively uncommon variant of What did you stiff her for? (i.e. - How much did you charge her?, with the implication that it was an unjustifiably high price). The meaning you've set out is obviously correct, but I can't help thinking this is more a matter of knowing the context than of understanding English. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 12 '17 at 12:57
  • @FumbleFingers I assumed this meaning when I saw it, but it did sound weird. I first had to research the movie - once I figured out he was a taxidermist, it was easy sailing :) – Stephen S Apr 12 '17 at 12:59

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