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cast a pall on (something)

To cause a happy occasion to be sad or somber. The headmaster's sudden death really cast a pall on graduation.
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Ueltzen, a Sacramento CPA, expressed dismay over the way Enron's collapse and Andersen's alleged role in the debacle has cast a pall on his profession.
Contrast that with various recent events that have cast a pall on the Olympic flame: Investigators are currently examining whether officials in Salt Lake City made illegal payments and gifts to Olympic officials to win the city the right to host the 2002 Winter Games.
Ferocious currency speculation and competitive devaluations have cast a pall on the European Monetary System--an essential precursor to monetary union in the EC.
The New York attorney general's focus on big brokers such as Marsh & McLennan and AON has cast a pall on the sector and the effect of the news, in our view, will be to retard acquisition discussions which have been in process.