2. CONNECTION BETWEEN CAUSE AND EFFECTImpotence.
telum imbelle, brutum fulmen, blank, blank cartridge, flash in the pan, vox et proeterea nihil, dead letter, bit of waste paper, dummy; Quaker gun.
helplessness; prostration, paralysis, palsy, apoplexy, syncope, sideration, deliquium, collapse, exhaustion, softening of the brain, inanition; emasculation, orchotomy.
cripple, old woman, muff, mollycoddle.
vouloir rompre l'anguille au genou ["To want to break an eel at the knee" (French)], vouloir prendre la lune avec les dents ["To want to seize the moon with one's teeth" (French)].
collapse, faint, swoon, fall into a swoon, drop; go by the board, end in smoke (fail) [more].
render powerless; deprive of power; disable, disenable; disarm, incapacitate, disqualify, unfit, invalidate, deaden, cramp, tie the hands; double up, prostrate, paralyze, muzzle, cripple, becripple, maim, lame, hamstring, draw the teeth of; throttle, strangle, garrotte, garrote; ratten, silence, sprain, clip the wings of, put hors de combat, spike the guns; take the wind out of one's sails, scotch the snake, put a spoke in one's wheel; break the neck, break the back; unhinge, unfit; put out of gear.
unman, unnerve, enervate; emasculate, castrate, geld, alter.
shatter, exhaust, weaken [more].
harmless, unarmed, weaponless, defenseless, sine ictu, unfortified, indefensible, vincible, pregnable, untenable.
paralytic, paralyzed; palsied, imbecile; nerveless, sinewless, marrowless, pithless, lustless; emasculate, disjointed; out of joint, out of gear; unnerved, unhinged; water-logged, on one's beam ends, rudderless; laid on one's back; done up, dead beat, exhausted, shattered, demoralized; graveled (in difficulty) [more]; helpless, unfriended, fatherless; without a leg to stand on, hors de combat, laid on the shelf.