knock the wind out of (someone)

Definition of knock the wind out of (someone)

:to knock the air out of a person's lungs and make him or her unable to breathe normally for a brief time
  • The fall knocked the wind out of me.

Word by Word Definitions

knock play
  1. : to strike something with a sharp blow

  2. : to collide with something

  3. : bustle

  1. : a sharp blow : rap, hit

  2. : a severe misfortune or hardship

  3. : setback, reversal

wind play
  1. : a natural movement of air of any velocity

  2. : an artificially produced movement of air

  3. : solar wind, stellar wind

  1. : to detect or follow by scent

  2. : to expose to the air or wind : dry by exposing to air

  3. : to make short of breath

  1. : to cause (something, such as a horn) to sound by blowing : blow

  2. : to sound (a call or note) on a horn

  3. : to produce a sound on a horn

  1. : weave

  2. : entangle, involve

  3. : to introduce sinuously or stealthily : insinuate

  1. : a mechanism (such as a winch) for winding

  2. : an act of winding : the state of being wound

  3. : coil, turn

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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