One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘these insects suck the sap from the roots of trees’
plant fluid, vital fluid, life fluid, juice, secretion, liquor, liquid
2‘people full of sap and ready to go’
vigour, energy, gusto, drive, push, brio, dynamism, life, go, spirit, liveliness, animation, bounce, sparkle, effervescence, fizz, verve, spiritedness, ebullience, high spirits, enthusiasm, initiative, vitality, vivacity, fire, dash, panache, elan, snap, zest, zeal, exuberance
informal feistiness, get-up-and-go, gumption, oomph, pizzazz, vim, zing, zip
1‘the great loss of life had sapped the will of the troops to attack’
erode, wear away, wear down, deplete, reduce, lessen, lower, attenuate, undermine, exhaust, impair, drain, bleed, consume
2‘the confirmation of his friend's guilt sapped him of all energy’
drain, empty, exhaust, deprive, milk
1‘he realized that he'd just made a sap of himself’
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