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burst someone's bubble

Fig. to destroy someone's illusion or delusion; to destroy someone's fantasy. I hate to burst your bubble, but Columbus did not discover Canada. Even if you think I am being foolish, please don't burst my bubble.
See also: bubble, burst

burst somebody's bubble

also burst the bubble of somebody
to tell someone unexpected bad news I don't want to burst her bubble by telling her we won't have a vacation this summer. He tries to burst the bubble of anyone who believes population growth is not a problem.
See also: bubble, burst
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By way of consolation, however, a percentage cheque for more than the cost of a new pair of Church's is soon to be nestling in the Tregoning current account - just reward for a spot of course walking that may have made the difference between an unbeaten record and another burst bubble.
Laboring under the twin burdens of international uncertainty sparked by terrorists and their client states and the burst bubble economy of the 1990s, the American economy desperately needs both intelligent tax relief of the sort proposed by the President and greater budget discipline.
The burst bubble is in the past and the beginnings of a recovery are at hand.
Cyprus's economy may still not be bubble-free, even as it is about to complete the reform programme agreed with its creditors aiming at repairing causes and the symptoms of burst bubbles in the banking and real estate sectors, a prominent economist said.
NOEL CONNORS is on a mission is to burst Bubbles - but admits it's one of the toughest tasks in hurling.
Improvement more likely than not and entered in Coronation Stakes, but facing some promising fillies and this track has a tendency to burst bubbles.
01% are invulnerable to economic ups and downs, while those in the middle still feel the effects of burst bubbles and stagnant growth.