Значение идиомы take the wind out of one’s sails

[take the wind out of one’s sails] {v. phr.} To surprise someone bydoing better or by catching him in an error.

John came homeboasting about the fish he had caught; it took the wind out of hissails when he found his little sister had caught a bigger one.

Dick took the wind out of Bob’s sails by showing him where he waswrong.

Compare: TAKE THE STARCH OUT OF.


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