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Often we use "took the wind out of his sails" to describe getting the best of an opponent in an argument.  Originally it described a battle maneuver of sailing ships.  One ship would pass close to its adversary on its windward side.  The upwind ship and its sails would block the wind from the second vessel, causing it to lose headway.  Losing motion meant losing maneuverability and the ability to carry on a fight. Posted on Saturday, May 15, 2004 12:31 PM Day Job , & Etc. | Back to top

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