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burst the bubble of (someone)

To disprove, ruin, or destroy someone's fantasy, delusion, or misbelief. The Supreme Court ruling is likely to burst the bubble of all the activists who were in favor of overturning the case. I hate to burst the bubble of everyone here, but this period of economic success will not last long.
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Bursting the Bubble I've watched my life go rolling by Awash with crazy dreams, A million possibilities Well, that's just how it seems And I've squandered many chances Out of greed to reach the top With impossible ambitions Fuelled by lies that never stop.
Bursting the bubble may help restore the balance-but risk aversion may lower investment (and growth) overall.
No More Heroes was last seen in action when bursting the bubble of Shaneshill in the Grade 2 Navan Novice Hurdle in mid-December and Elliott believes Sunday's outcome will determine whether he will go down the Neptune Novices' Hurdle route or instead step up in trip for the Albert Bartlett, for which he is currently no bigger than 5-1.
Over the last two years, however, Chicago's Glazier has made observations supporting Smith's original results and bursting the bubble of Aboav and Weaire's refutation.
Kerry will breeze through that pair without bursting the bubble on her chewing gum.
People are so fond of bursting the bubbles that websites have even been devoted to "virtual Bubble Wrap" so fans can pop away online.
It's Buzzwhacker-in-chief John Walston's Buzzwhack.com, "dedicated to de-mystifying buzzwords." He defines "buzz-whacker" as "a person who receives some degree of pleasure in bursting the bubbles of the pompous."