take the wind out of so's sails
take the wind out of (so's) sails definition
to put a barrier in someone's path; to reduce the effectiveness of someone. : When the cops showed Bart the evidence, it took the wind out of his sails.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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