Online distractions have sapped the will to compete, let alone the will to win.
Nadal admitted his confidence was sapped by his time at home nursing a nasty tendonitis.
Fighting words like those that propelled his team to the top of the industry, but it looks like that drive might have been sapped.
They can be sapped of war fever by the diplomatic courage and genius displayed by Kissinger and Nixon four decades ago.
Hospital life, with its endless waiting, sapped his enthusiasm.
The South Sea bubble has sapped the confidence in the government of all men of weight.
It was impossible for New France to make permanent headway when sapped by such an enemy.
Long contact with misfortune had sapped the natural resiliency of his character.
Each continually reacted on the other, continually they sapped supernaturalism.
Sensual indulgence had sapped the very foundations of his character.
"liquid in a plant," Old English sæpm from Proto-Germanic *sapam (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch sap, Old High German saf, German Saft "juice"), from PIE *sab- "juice, fluid" (cf. Latin sapere "to taste"), from root *sab- "juice, fluid" (cf. Sanskrit sabar- "sap, milk, nectar," Irish sug, Russian soku "sap," Lithuanian sakas "tree-gum"). As a verb meaning "To drain the sap from," 1725.
"simpleton," 1815, originally especially in Scottish and English schoolboy slang, probably from earlier sapskull (1735), saphead (1798), from sap as a shortened form of sapwood "soft wood between the inner bark and the heartwood" (late 14c.), from sap (n.1) + wood (n.); so called because it conducts the sap; cf. sappy.
"dig a trench toward the enemy's position," 1590s, from Middle French saper, from sappe "spade," from Late Latin sappa "spade" (cf. Italian zappa, Spanish zapa "spade"). Extended sense "weaken or destroy insidiously" is from 1755, probably influenced by the verb form of sap (n.1), on the notion of "draining the vital sap from." Related: Sapped; sapping.
"hit with a sap," 1926, from sap (n.3). Related: Sapped; sapping.
A stupid person; fool, esp a gullible one: Quit acting like a sap
[1815+; fr British dialect, short for sapskull, ''person with a head full of soft material''; probably influenced by early 1800s British schoolboy slang, ''compulsive studier, grind,'' which is probably fr sap as an ironic abbreviation of Latin sapiens, ''wise,'' and is hence semantically akin to sophomore]
A blackjack; bludgeon: The sap, a nice little tool about five inches long, covered with woven brown leather (1899+)
: One of the others sapped him from behind with the blackjack (1926+)
[perhaps fr Middle English sappe,''shovel,''theshovelbeingforagesapopularclub]