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cast a pall over something

to spoil something Her illness cast a pall over the awards ceremony.
Etymology: from the literal meaning of a pall (something, such as smoke or fog or dust in the air, that makes the sky dark)
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cast a pall on/over something

if an unpleasant event or piece of news casts a pall on something, it spoils it News of her sudden death cast a pall on the awards ceremony.
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References in classic literature ?
While this dirge was sang, in a low and melancholy tone, by the female choristers, the others were divided into two bands, of which one was engaged in bedecking, with such embroidery as their skill and taste could compass, a large silken pall, destined to cover the bier of Athelstane, while the others busied themselves in selecting, from baskets of flowers placed before them, garlands, which they intended for the same mournful purpose.
A look of pain came across him, and he flung the rich pall over the picture.
I saw the PALL MALL GAZETTE on the table by the door.
That pall of cindery powder made me think of what I had read of the destruction of Pompeii.
Wine that recalls the glow of spring, Upon the thatch a sudden shower, A gentle scholar in the bower, Where tall bamboos their shadows fling, White clouds in heavens newly clear, And wandering wings through depths of trees, Then pillowed in green shade, he sees A torrent foaming to the mere; Around his dreams the dead leaves fall; Calm as the starred chrysanthemum, He notes the season glories come, And reads the books that never pall.
Sweet hearts,' said she, 'Ulysses is indeed dead, still do not press me to marry again immediately, wait--for I would not have skill in needlework perish unrecorded--till I have completed a pall for the hero Laertes, to be in readiness against the time when death shall take him.
The sweeping sound of the funeral train faded away like a thin vapor, and the wind, that just before had seemed to shake the coffin pall, moaned sadly round the verge of the Hollow between three Hills.
Mycroft lodges in Pall Mall, and he walks round the corner into Whitehall every morning and back every evening.
It is such as he, as little conscious of himself as the bee in a hive, who are the lucky in life, for they have the best chance of happiness: their activities are shared by all, and their pleasures are only pleasures because they are enjoyed in common; you will see them on Whit-Monday dancing on Hampstead Heath, shouting at a football match, or from club windows in Pall Mall cheering a royal procession.