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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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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.