One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Frustrate someone by unexpectedly anticipating an action or remark.
- ‘He knew, too, that the move would take the wind out of the opposition's sails.’
- ‘Maybe he spotted the wedding ring on my finger and that took the wind out of his sails, so he decided to tease me instead.’
- ‘The only thing that managed to take the wind out of my sails was when he asked me to divide it equally amongst the children.’
- ‘This tiny bit of information took the wind out of my sails.’
- ‘Whatever denial she was about to say make died as that little comment took the wind out of her sails.’
- ‘I heard something today which really took the wind out of my sails.’
- ‘I read this right before entering college and it took the wind out of my sails.’
- ‘I have to admit that new tack of his took the wind out of my sails a bit.’
- ‘I think that completely took the wind out of their sails.’
- ‘Layoffs, breakups, accidents - any number of life events can take the wind out of your sails.’
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