Look guys, for thousands of years, guys like us, have gotten the sh*t kicked out of us.

I looked up this in idioms' and slangs' dictionary but they have only mentioned "get a kick out of something" which means "enjoying something". Would you please inform me on this?

Sorry for the crude example, by the way, I just had no idea whether removing it would have an effect on its meaning. the above sentence then goes on like this in case that you need a wider context:

...but now, we're living in an era that we can be in charge and make our own empires.

I think he's going to say we should not waste this opportunity by our own hands, we should not turn down this pleasure?

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Get the shit kicked out of somebody

means the same as:

get the crap kicked out of (someone)

that is:

To be struck or assaulted violently and severely.

In this context it also implies being abused (not specifically phisycally)

So, after "thousands of years" - an immeasurably long period of time, they should, exactly as you say, grab the opportunity and enjoy the moment while it lasts.


You'll usually see this phrased as:

kick the _______ out of something

where some expletive goes in the blank. For example, I might say:

I'm going to kick the crap out of my roommate when he gets back home.

Most often, this would refer to physical violence against a person, although it's possible that it could be used more metaphorically to refer to something like a harsh scolding.

You might also use the phrase to say that you've struggled with something and emerged triumphant, like a test:

I kicked the snot out of that exam this morning!

(If someone said that, I would assume they felt like they did very well.)

Or you could be referring to a physical assault on an inanimate object:

We beat the crap out of a 'ShatterProof' iPhone with hammers.
(News headline)

The version you've cited is inverted – the speaker is not the person who is doing the figurative kicking; rather it's the person who is being kicked. (This may be why it was hard to find in the dictionary. The version I've cited can be found in Collins and TFD.)

For thousands of years, guys like us have gotten the sh*t kicked out of us.

This means other people of been giving "guys like us" a beat-down for a very long time.

  • I wonder if the question about "science the crap out of..." would be relevant, or if "kick the crap out of" is something different because there's no verbing.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 18:41

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