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English definition of “take the wind out of sb's sails”

take the wind out of sb's sails

to make someone feel less confident or less determined to do something, usually by saying or doing something that they are not expecting: I was all ready to tell him that the relationship was over when he greeted me with a big bunch of flowers - it rather took the wind out of my sails.Discouraging and putting off
(Definition of take the wind out of sb's sails from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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