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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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The President is now in a difficult position which he himself placed himself in, while Egyptians had expected of him to break spells, solve mysteries and remove other landmines that already existed and were having repercussions.
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No deep thoughts, just the small talk that can break spells, make another person human.