cast a spell on (someone or something)

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cast a spell on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to induce the effects of a magic spell on someone or something, as in a fantasy story or film. My kids love this movie—it's about a group of animals that must work together to cast a spell on their forest in order to protect it.
2. By extension, to charm, enthrall, or otherwise captivate one. That girl must have really cast a spell on you if you're calling her already. It seems that the new CDEO has cast a spell on the board, because they're endorsing all of his plans.
See also: cast, on, spell