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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 show ends happily when Prince Philip breaks the spell and she awakens.
Ban customers from using the loo "no matter how urgent" in case it breaks the spell of the sales pitch;
And while the waiting crowds only see the magic, what happens backstage soon breaks the spell - clothes are snatched away, food is grabbed between changes and posters warn of eating disorders.
But it is nature which ultimately triumphs in a scary storm scene which breaks the spell of the forest and sets the Indian Boy free - and Peter from his web of darkly hinted-at secrets.
Suddenly, the loud, sharp crackle of someone tearing open a cellophane candy wrapper breaks the spell. Additional bursts of sound accompany the crumpling of the discarded wrapper into a ball.