sap

To sap something is to drain or deplete something over time. If you sap a maple tree, you drain the liquid inside it to make maple syrup. But if you sap a person of strength, you've rendered him defenseless.

Whether used as a noun or verb, sap is rarely a good thing. If your energy or will is sapped, it’s not meant lightly; it means you have been exhausted of all your reserve energy, you’re reduced to a shell. If someone calls you "a sap," it suggests you lack strength and character. And if you get sap — the sticky liquid inside a tree — on your hands, good luck getting it off in the middle of a forest without a bar of soap and running water. Yuck.

Definitions of sap
  1. noun
    a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant
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    manna
    hardened sugary exudation of various trees
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    solution
    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
  2. noun
    a person who lacks good judgment
    synonyms: fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool
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    buffoon, clown
    a rude or vulgar fool
    flibbertigibbet, foolish woman
    a foolish, flighty, and overly talkative person
    bozo, cuckoo, fathead, goof, goofball, goose, zany
    a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
    meshuggeneh, meshuggener
    (Yiddish) a crazy fool
    morosoph
    a learned fool
    putz
    (Yiddish) a fool; an idiot
    wally
    a silly and inept person; someone who is regarded as stupid
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    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
  3. noun
    a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people
    synonyms: blackjack, cosh
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    bludgeon
    a club used as a weapon
  4. verb
    excavate the earth beneath
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    cave, undermine
    hollow out as if making a cave or opening
  5. verb
    deplete
    synonyms: exhaust, play out, run down, tire
    play out
    become spent or exhausted
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    consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
    use up (resources or materials)
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