burst the bubble of (someone)

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burst the bubble of (someone)

To upset or destroy someone's belief, conviction, or mood by delivering news that runs contrary to what they hold to be true. I hate to burst the bubble of everyone here, but this period of economic success will not last long.
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He said: "Our aim is to burst the bubble of hopelessness for young people, teach them there are opportunities, and that they are born to win.
Burst the bubble of one fear, and all our other fears begin to lose their power over us too.
The confectionery giant thinks the new brand - called Sweet Kicks and aimed at weight-watching chocoholics - may help burst the bubble of gum market leader Wrigley.
One does not wish to burst the bubble of new-found Tory euphoria, but if the purpose of Question Time is to elicit information from the Prime Minister, the new Conservative leader failed as resoundingly as Iain Duncan Smith.
The law firm of Greenan, Peffer, Sallander & Lally effectively burst the bubble of a claimant trying to cash in on a multi-million dollar dot-com sale.
As a whole, ISDEX lost 38% of its value in 1996 as Wall Street burst the bubble of sky-high values that endured for much of the past 18 months until a market correction hit in summer 1996.