Take the wind out of your sails

What does "Take the wind out of your sails" mean?

Today it means: calm down, deflate, un-settle, slow down

A sailing vessel passing to windward of another will blanket the wind to its sails and therefore reduce its power and slow it down. This was a common tactic used in warfare at sea, by pirates and, even today, when racing.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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