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break a/the spell

1. Literally, to stop the effects of a magic spell, as in a fantasy story or film. My kids love this movie—it's about a group of animals working to break a spell on their forest.
2. By extension, to stop one from being charmed by or enthralled with someone or something. I was totally smitten with my date, until his sexism started to come out—that totally broke the spell!
See also: break, spell

break the spell

 
1. to put an end to a magic spell. The wizard looked in his magic book to find out how to break the spell.
2. to do something that ends a desirable period of figurative enchantment. At the end of the second movement, some idiot broke the spell by applauding.
See also: break, spell
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The show ends happily when Prince Philip breaks the spell and she awakens.
However, the audience''s biggest cheer comes after true love breaks the spell and Mrs Potts'' son chip runs out of the wings in his human form, finally freed from life as a cup.
The film conjures a premise ripe with comic potential but breaks the spell by performing a vanishing act with the laughs.
Ban customers from using the loo "no matter how urgent" in case it breaks the spell of the sales pitch;
And while the waiting crowds only see the magic, what happens backstage soon breaks the spell - clothes are snatched away, food is grabbed between changes and posters warn of eating disorders.
But it is nature which ultimately triumphs in a scary storm scene which breaks the spell of the forest and sets the Indian Boy free - and Peter from his web of darkly hinted-at secrets.
A strike breaks the spell the game holds on its fans, and it doesn't matter if the strike is the fault of trainers or owners or both or neither.
Suddenly, the loud, sharp crackle of someone tearing open a cellophane candy wrapper breaks the spell.