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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 he or she holds 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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No More Heroes was last seen in action when bursting the bubble of Shaneshill in the Grade 2 Navan Novice Hurdle in mid-December and Elliott believes Sunday's outcome will determine whether he will go down the Neptune Novices' Hurdle route or instead step up in trip for the Albert Bartlett, for which he is currently no bigger than 5-1.
Over the last two years, however, Chicago's Glazier has made observations supporting Smith's original results and bursting the bubble of Aboav and Weaire's refutation.
Kerry will breeze through that pair without bursting the bubble on her chewing gum.
Bubble Witch Saga invites players to become the fourth witch in the circle by bursting the bubbles to create enough spiders to keep the cauldron bubbling.
People are so fond of bursting the bubbles that websites have even been devoted to "virtual Bubble Wrap" so fans can pop away online.
He defines "buzz-whacker" as "a person who receives some degree of pleasure in bursting the bubbles of the pompous.
The game invites players to become the fourth witch in the circle by bursting the bubbles to create enough spiders to keep the cauldron bubbling.