take the wind out of sb's sails
to cause someone to lose confidence or energy；(also knock the wind out of sb's sails, knock the wind out of sb) to make someone feel less confident or less determined to do something, usually by saying or doing something that they are not expecting.
take the wind out of someone's sails 字面意思是：为了阻止帆船前进，让帆船逆风航行，从而帆船无法借力自然风的动力航行。该习语出现在1800年开始使用。其引申意思：失去了动力；使丧失优势； 使（某人）泄气；使（某人）不坚定；失去了信心；釜底抽薪；抢先占某人上风；使某人气馁；使狼狈, 挫败…
I was all ready to tell him that the relationship was over when he greeted me with a big bunch of flowers - that took the wind out of my sails.
The White House was a late adopter of many of the safety proposals it recommended, eager to project a sense of normalcy even as it relied on strong testing capacity not available to the rest of the nation. Now Trump, who watched the human and economic toll of the virus take the wind out of his campaign sails, sees even greater urgency in returning to how things were — no matter the state of the virus. (tampabay.com/news/nation-world/2020/06/12)
Under Davidson's stewardship, the party turned their single Scottish seat in Westminster into 13, taking the wind out of the sails of the rival Scottish National Party.
在戴维森的领导下，该党将其在威斯敏斯特的单一苏格兰席位变成了13个，让竞争对手苏格兰民族党(Scottish National party)丧失优势。
“Game over,” the Republican congressman Mark Sanford, a Trump critic, told CNN, saying Trump’s tweet “takes the wind out of the sails in what might have been a fairly productive week of looking for a compromise”.
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