cast a spell


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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

cast a spell

 (on someone)
1. Lit. to enchant someone with a magic spell. The wizard cast a spell on the frog, turning it into a prince with bad skin.
2. Fig. to intrigue and delight someone. She is a real beauty. She cast a spell on every man she met.
See also: cast, spell
References in classic literature ?
By the mass, I think old Lucas Beaumanoir guesses right, when he maintains she hath cast a spell over you.
A WHITE witch has cast a spell over Liverpool FC in a bid to help them secure victory in the Champions League final.
HOWEVER, IF YOU USE TOO MUCH POLISH YOU ARE MORE APT TO THROW YOUR WAND THAN CAST A SPELL.
I WOULD cast a spell that would take control over any evil powers.
I WOULD cast a spell so that all the teachers in Hogwarts would give me top marks in my OWLs.
Dressed in purple robes, he cast a spell invoking the elements of earth, air, water and fire and threw a talisman into the murky loch.