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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.
Translations of “take the wind out of sb's sails”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使(某人)洩氣, 使(某人)不堅定…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使(某人)泄气, 使(某人)不坚定…
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