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break a/the spell

1. Literally, to stop the effects of a magic spell, as in a fantasy story or film. My kids love this movie—it's about a group of animals working to break a spell on their forest.
2. By extension, to stop one from being charmed by or enthralled with someone or something. I was totally smitten with my date, until his sexism started to come out—that totally broke the spell!
See also: break, spell

break the spell

 
1. to put an end to a magic spell. The wizard looked in his magic book to find out how to break the spell.
2. to do something that ends a desirable period of figurative enchantment. At the end of the second movement, some idiot broke the spell by applauding.
See also: break, spell
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Breaking the Spell of Loneliness A remarkable collaboration between writer and campaigner George Monbiot and leading folk singer and musician Ewan McLennan, above, who are lending their support to The Campaign to End Loneliness.
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Breaking the Spell of Loneliness is the name of the event at The Miners' Hall in Durham and it is also the name of a new album by folk singer Ewan McLennan and writer George Monbiot.
The show ended on a high note, when the Prince, Aleksandr Tarasov, fell in love with the White Swan, Odette, breaking the spell cast on her.
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From considering the changing ideas of God and the roots of religious belief to how religion evolved from folk beliefs, BREAKING THE SPELL provides both history and social commentary.
They can draw the kids in and yet slip a knowing wink here and there to the accompanying adults without breaking the spell.
But this seemingly-simple task becomes an epic quest when Emma discovers the impossible recipe for breaking the spell.
Breaking the spell depicts this transition in terms of the changing relationship between author and audience.
Breaking the spell takes Beatrice and her three best friends to several dangerous realms within the witches' sphere.
Scudding across the sky at twilight are streaks of cottony clouds whose luminous diagonals throw off the photograph's inert, foursquare arrangement, disturbing the flattened cube of space that it carves out, unbalancing the equidistance of its horizon from the top and bottom of the photographic cell, breaking the spell of its motionlessness with the trace of movement.
The Irish singer/songwriter, who has been based in Newcastle for the past seven years, will launch her new, experimental album, Breaking The Spell, on Saturday at the city's The Cluny 2 venue.
Morpeth have won four times in the last five years, Hexham breaking the spell in 2004.
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