cast a shadow over (some place)

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cast a shadow over (some place)

To fill a place with sadness, grief, dread, or any strong negative emotion. The child's sudden death cast a dark shadow over the house. The dictator's ascension to power has cast a shadow over the country.
See also: cast, shadow
References in classic literature ?
said she, while her ill-omened physiognomy seemed to cast a shadow over the cheerful newness of the house.
THE Kevin Pietersen saga may continue to cast a shadow over England's summer, but Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes insists there has been no negative effect on dressing room harmony.
His needless dismissal cast a shadow over Atherton's wonderful achievement in becoming only the sixth Englishman to pass 7,000 Test runs.
Anderson knows England were sloppy but does not expect it to cast a shadow over an impressive effort with the ball.