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Take the wind out of one’s sails


Interfere with one’s progress. Deflate one’s aspirations. Consider that if a sailboat had no wind, it would be dead in the water; in contrast a strong wind would provide good progress. (Compare to Pull the rug out from under or rain on one’s parade.).

  “I was so excited to travel north until my mother said I couldn’t use her car; that really took the wind out of my sails.”


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