take the wind out of someone's sails

Definition of take the wind out of someone's sails

  1. :  to cause someone to lose confidence or energy The team's star player was injured and it really took the wind out of their sails.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

windplay
  1. :  a natural movement of air of any velocity

    :  the earth's air or the gas surrounding a planet in natural motion horizontally

    :  an artificially produced movement of air

  1. :  to detect or follow by scent

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

    :  to make short of breath

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

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

    :  to produce a sound on a horn

  1. :  weave

    :  entangle, involve

    :  to introduce sinuously or stealthily :  insinuate

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

    :  an act of winding :  the state of being wound

    :  coil, turn

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

sailplay sails
  1. :  an extent of fabric (such as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a ship through water

    :  the sails of a ship

    :  a ship equipped with sails

  1. :  to travel on water in a ship

    :  yacht

    :  to travel on water by the action of wind upon sails or by other means


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