knock the wind out of sb

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British pronunciation/nˈɒk ðə wˈɪnd bɹˈɛθ stˈʌfɪŋ ˌaʊtəv ˌɛsbˈiː/
American pronunciation/nˈɑːk ðə wˈɪnd bɹˈɛθ stˈʌfɪŋ ˌaʊɾəv ˌɛsbˈiː/
to knock the wind out of sb
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to do something, particularly something others do not expect, in order to make them feel less confident or important

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to [knock] the (wind|breath|stuffing) out of {sb} definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "knock the wind out of someone" and when to use it?

The idiom "knock the wind out of someone" is used to describes a forceful impact or event that leaves a person stunned, breathless, or disheartened. The exact origin of this phrase is not precisely documented, but it likely comes from the concept of physical blows or impacts that can leave a person momentarily stunned or breathless.

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When he found out that he didn't get the job, it really knocked the stuffing out of him.
Oof, that punch to the stomach knocked the wind out of me.
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