Took the wind out of his sails

Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Glossary and other Navy topics.

Took the wind out of his sails

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 and on its windward side. The ship and 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.

   

Comments

Nobody has commented on this tip yet. Be the first.



Name:


URL: (optional)


Comment:


Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Navy Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!


Guru Spotlight
Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.