crushed spirits

See: damper
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These words should have touched Tom Driscoll, but if they did, that effect was obliterated by a stronger one--one which removed the heavy weight of fear which lay upon him, and gave his crushed spirit a most grateful rebound, and filled all his small soul with a deep sense of relief.
The lacklustre performances at the start of the season pretty much ruined all optimism for Town fans following the defeat in the Carabao Cup at Stoke, but we looked good at Everton and optimism came back after that game, albeit very watered down - but then defeats to Leicester and Tottenham and a draw at Burnley (where we were more than capable of winning) crushed spirits for a number of fans - mainly on online forums.
That act of rediscovery becomes a balm of healing that mends broken hearts, crushed spirits and even strained family ties.
Hirschberg though says crushed spirits were not behind his decision to leave, because "reverse discrimination had not been in existence".
Geraldine McEwan, with a deceptive smile and a vicious nature, leads a gang of nuns who perhaps thought they were saving souls but all you see here are crushed spirits.