Take The Wind Out Of Someone’s Sails – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS

idiom of the day - take the wind out of someone's sails

Take The Wind Out Of Someone’s Sails – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS Speaking.


made someone feel less confident or less determined to do something, by saying or doing something unexpected (If there is no wind in a boat’s sails, then it is unable to moves)


John was bragging about how much money he earned until he learned that most of us make more. That took the wind out of his sails.

“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.”

Learning that one has been totally wrong about something can really take the wind out of one’s sails.”


  1. Choose the suitable idiom to complete the sentence below.
    “Sally was keen to become an actor, but her teacher’s criticism of her performance _______________.”
    A. lived out of a suitcase
    B. took the wind of her sails
    C. upset the applecart
    D. was on thin ice
  2. Describe the time when you overcame the fear . Try to use this idiom in your speech. You should say:
    – When it happened
    – Where it happened
    – What you overcame
    And explain why you feel fear it
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