cast a pall on (something)

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cast a pall on (something)

To cause something to become sad or somber; to darken or tarnish something. The headmaster's sudden death really cast a pall on graduation. The economic crash was devastating, casting a pall on the entire world for years.
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Magnolia's pre-WWI promotional campaigns featured images of Kaiser Wilhelm touting the beer, which may have cast a pall on sales as World War I began, for production peaked in 1915.
Contrast that with various recent events that have cast a pall on the Olympic flame: Investigators are currently examining whether officials in Salt Lake City made illegal payments and gifts to Olympic officials to win the city the right to host the 2002 Winter Games.