One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it will take more than December sleet and gales to daunt the crews’
intimidate, abash, take aback, shake, ruffle, throw, demoralize, discourage
deter, put off, dishearten, dispirit, deject, sap, cow, overawe, awe, frighten, scare, alarm, unman, dismay, distress, disconcert, discompose, perturb, upset, discomfit, unsettle, unnerve, disquiet, subdue
throw off balance, put someone off their stroke, cause someone to lose their composure, confound, panic, stupefy, stun
informal rattle, faze, put into a flap, throw into a tizz, discombobulate, shake up, psych
British informal put the wind up
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