take the wind out of someone's sails

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take the wind out of someone's sails

: 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

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

  2. : to seize or capture physically

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

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

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

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

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

  2. : the sails of a ship

  3. : a ship equipped with sails

  1. : to travel on water in a ship

  2. : yacht

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


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