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    #1

    slap the heart out of

    He slapped the heart out of his chest.
    He punched the eye out of his socket.
    He kicked the kidney out of his belly.
    Are the above sentences natural and grammatically correct?

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    #2

    Re: slap the heart out of

    The sentences are grammatically correct but are not natural in AmE. Where did you find these sentences?

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    #3

    Re: slap the heart out of

    They are unnatural in all varieties of English. Where did you find them?

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    #4

    slap the heart out of

    I watch series "How I met your mother", it was mentioned in it.

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    #5

    Re: slap the heart out of

    Quote Originally Posted by bebe heart View Post
    I watch the series "How I Met Your Mother". it was They were mentioned in it.
    See above.

    I've never heard any of those phrases before but sometimes TV show writers invent phrases they like the sound of.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: slap the heart out of

    I've never watched that series and now I'm delighted that I haven't.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #7

    slap the heart out of

    so, how do I say it correctly if I wanted to say that he slapped her so hard that her heart popped out of her chest?

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    #8

    Re: slap the heart out of

    That is an extremely unlikely situation!
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #9

    Re: slap the heart out of

    Quote Originally Posted by bebe heart View Post
    So (no comma required here) how do I say it correctly if I wanted to say that he slapped her so hard that her heart popped out of her chest?
    No one said that the original wasn't correct. It's just unnatural. That means we can't imagine saying it or hearing it. I'm sure you know that it's not possible to slap someone so hard that their heart pops out of their chest so the phrase could be used simply to make the listener understand that he slapped her very hard.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: slap the heart out of

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've never watched that series and now I'm delighted that I haven't.
    I have watched it and don't remember any phrases like that. I wonder if he has transcribed something wrong.

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