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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
References in classic literature ?
The sound, slight as it was, broke the spell that held her.
I thought the subject seemed to embarrass the other two a little; but it broke the spell of the third man's silence most successfully.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, although Warner has maintained a dignified silence since, he however, broke the spell by saying that his thoughts were with Trott, who is back in England and on an indefinite break from the game, adding that he hopes Trott gets well soon and is back playing the best cricket he can.
At the end, with enemies united in death (Let us sleep now) and the waves of In Paradisum having brought us to the final, magical 'Requiescant in pace', everything and everyone seemed frozen in time, an effect Nelsons was obviously keen to sustain - until someone with more enthusiasm than sensitivity broke the spell with premature applause.
The prince broke the spell and killed the witch and they lived happily ever after.
Dr Devious (Peter Chapple-Hyam) broke the spell in 1992, but Aidan O'Brien got back on track with High Chaparral in 2002.
EAST FIFE finally broke the spell that Stenny boss John Coughlin seemed to have over them since taking charge at Ochilview last October.
Then he broke the spell and fled from the store, leaving the cashier remembering nothing but his opening words: "Look into my eyes".
A HOUSE was devastated by lightning as storms broke the spell of searingly hot weather.
Basil's voice was provided by actor Ivan Owen, who never allowed himself to be photographed in case it broke the spell.
We stood there stupidly for a second, then Heath broke the spell with a "Let's fuckin' get out of here
Sunderland finally broke the spell last weekend, but Harley insists it was only a blip on the way to winning promotion with West Ham.
Garret Anderson broke the spell with a home run and Jeff DaVanon doubled, chasing Helling, and scored on a throwing error to make it 5-2.
Before Fusaichi Pegasus broke the spell, no public choice had won the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979.