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    meaning of sentence

    Hi there!

    Can anyone explain the meaning of following sentence.

    When done poorly, they can sap motivation out of an
    organisation faster than almost anything else.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: meaning of sentence

    Do you know what "sap" means as a verb?

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    it means "making weaker". isn't it?

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    Re: meaning of sentence

    Yes, by removing something vital to an organism. The sap in a tree carries vital nutrients to the various parts of the tree. If you tap and drain (too much of) the sap, you will kill the tree.

    The analogy here is that the "motivation" is vital to the organization. If you sap it, it comes "out of" the organization.

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    #5

    Re: meaning of sentence

    what an explanation. this is what I expected.

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    #6

    Re: meaning of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Kana1919 View Post
    it means "to make weaker". doesn't it?
    Yes.

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    Re: meaning of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Kana1919 View Post
    What an explanation! this is what I expected.
    More likely it's what you hoped for.

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