fall under (someone's) spell

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fall under (someone's) spell

To come under the influence or control of someone who one finds fascinating, enchanting, or seductive. Our son has never acted out like this before. I think he must have fallen under his new friend's spell. I would normally never rush into a relationship this quickly before I fell under Janet's spell. Such was the magnitude of her beauty that countless men have fallen under the duchess's spell.
See also: fall, spell

fall under someone's spell

 
1. Lit. to come under the magical control of a magician or similar person. The damsel fell under the wizard's spell and sat there speechless. As the children fell under the witch's spell, they went to sleep.
2. Fig. to be fascinated by someone; to be enchanted by someone. She was so beautiful. I fell under her spell at once. Wally fell under Donna's spell and became helpless in her presence.
See also: fall, spell
References in classic literature ?
I think Macaulay a little antedated Dickens in my affections, but when I came to the novels of that masterful artist (as I must call him, with a thousand reservations as to the times when he is not a master and not an artist), I did not fail to fall under his spell.
We've mixed feelings about Glen Hansard, or at least the fawning, shushing fans who hang on his every word and ruin otherwise splendid shows, but it's hard not to fall under his spell.
So, what made him the man he was, and why did so many young people fall under his spell, enabling him to persuade them to kill?
When Morning Star and Wildman fall under his spell, Seeker struggles to find the right path.
The latest to fall under his spell is Rose McGowan, who plays Paige in LIVINGtv's Charmed.
Unfortunately, Lewis and Jennie become part of his macabre world and fall under his spell.