break the spell

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
References in classic literature ?
If any labor of mortal might break the spell that binds these waters, this which I have but just essayed had done it.
Wherefore, ye also mean that when he saith none can break the spell --"
He was afraid that Sally by speaking would break the spell, but she said never a word, and he wanted to hear the sound of her voice.
With a sudden determination to break the spell that was upon him, Will looked straight at Mr.
I must not let him know this, for it would make him conscious, and so break the spell that binds him and me together.
As Carthoris moved through the forest toward the distant cliffs with Thuvia's hand still tight pressed in his, he wondered a little at the girl's continued silence, yet the contact of her cool palm against his was so pleasant that he feared to break the spell of her new-found reliance in him by speaking.
The frightful vehemence of the man, now reaching its full height, so additionally terrifies her as to break the spell that has held her to the spot.
It would save the men, the ship, break the spell by its medicinal virtue, make time of no account, the weather but a passing worry and, like a magic powder working against mysterious malefices, se- cure the first passage of my first command against the evil powers of calms and pestilence.
Somehow I seem to be afraid of any SERIOUS book--afraid of permitting any SERIOUS preoccupation to break the spell of the passing moment.
She searches for her true love to break the spell as they go to visit the tree lady, Mama Otis - but watch out for the Shadow Man, he's always lurking in the shadows.
There they must break the spell and face the witches to make sure the world is a safe place again.
It is up to the princess to prevent the Snow Queen's wicked scheme, and break the spell on the Polar Bear King.
Muriel finds a way to break the spell, but can she do it before the queen kills her?
As Prince lester continues his search to break the spell, he is met with further challenges before he comes face to face with the Mistress of the Trees herself.
She finds seven brothers who are cursed to live as swans by day unless their sister Elisa weaves clothing from nettles for them, which will break the spell.