Sometimes that takes your spirit away, and sometimes it makes you tougher.
The onlookers seized similar weapons and defended themselves, or drove the spirit away by threatening him with a small dog.
They would not allow him to resist, but fettered him and led his spirit away.
At this juncture comes by one of those sort of people who, it seems, made it their business to spirit away little children.
For some reason or other, those scoundrels have found it imperatively necessary to spirit away the body of Sir Charles.
It seemed to take all the spirit away from her, as if she did not care for books, lessons, or anything else.
It had left its paw print in the earth beside Pierre's body when it took his spirit away.
She did not quite know what was the matter with her; it seemed as if something had suddenly knocked all her spirit away.
An angel, noticing a lovely child in its cradle, and deeming it too pure for earth, bears its spirit away to Heaven.
mid-13c., "animating or vital principle in man and animals," from Old French espirit, from Latin spiritus "soul, courage, vigor, breath," related to spirare "to breathe," from PIE *(s)peis- "to blow" (cf. Old Church Slavonic pisto "to play on the flute").
Original usage in English mainly from passages in Vulgate, where the Latin word translates Greek pneuma and Hebrew ruah. Distinction between "soul" and "spirit" (as "seat of emotions") became current in Christian terminology (e.g. Greek psykhe vs. pneuma, Latin anima vs. spiritus) but "is without significance for earlier periods" [Buck]. Latin spiritus, usually in classical Latin "breath," replaces animus in the sense "spirit" in the imperial period and appears in Christian writings as the usual equivalent of Greek pneuma.
Meaning "supernatural being" is attested from c.1300 (see ghost); that of "essential principle of something" (in a non-theological sense, e.g. Spirit of St. Louis) is attested from 1690, common after 1800. Plural form spirits "volatile substance" is an alchemical idea, first attested 1610; sense narrowed to "strong alcoholic liquor" by 1670s. This also is the sense in spirit level (1768).
1590s, "to make more active or energetic" (of blood, alcohol, etc.), from spirit (n.). The meaning "carry off or away secretly" (as though by supernatural agency) is first recorded 1660s.
spirit spir·it (spĭr'ĭt)
spirits An alcohol solution of an essential or volatile substance.
spirits An alcoholic beverage, especially distilled liquor.
A liquid that has been distilled.