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Meaning of “take the wind out of sb's sails” in the English Dictionary

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take the wind out of sb's sails

(also knock the wind out of sb's sails, knock the wind out of sb) 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 ​bigbunch of ​flowers - that took the wind out of my ​sails.
(Definition of take the wind out of sb's sails from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “take the wind out of sb's sails”
in Chinese (Simplified) 使(某人)泄气, 使(某人)不坚定…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使(某人)洩氣, 使(某人)不堅定…
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