To discourage someone greatly; to cause someone to lose hope or the will to continue.

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  • Referring to the idea of a ship that intercepts the wind of another, causing it to slow or stop.
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It really took the wind out of his sails to know that even if he won the match, he could only place fourth in the tournament.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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