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cast a pall over (something)

To cause a happy occasion to be sad or somber. The headmaster's sudden death really cast a pall over graduation.
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In that the death "cast a pall over an otherwise positive data release, we expect the stock to react favorably this morning," Raymond tells investors in a research note.
Rio de Janeiro, Ramadan 5, 1437, Jun 10, 2016, SPA -- Brazil's new health minister is going on the offensive to dispel worries about the country's Zika outbreak, which has cast a pall over the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Joined by Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw, this episode sees Tom's death cast a pall over Freddie's birthday celebrations in the newsroom.
The 34-year-old's career arguably reached its zenith with his masterly performances at the 2002 World Cup, but three serious knee injuries cast a pall over his later years in sport.
It cast a pall over a visit to Israel by Vice President Joe Biden and endangered indirect peace talks with the Palestinians that the Obama administration had announced just a day earlier.
The men stated: "These executions cast a pall over lethal injections and have lessened public confidence in executions."
Bujones' story mingled the good luck that jump-started his career with the ill fortune that cast a pall over his later years as a dancer, leaving unfinished the final chapters of his career as a company director and choreographer.
Many believe the government's actions cast a pall over constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.
Amen." There is little sign, "of the words smelling of the litigious lamp, of the scars of bitter theological battle, of rubbing in the noses of the vanquished, of haunting heresy, or of the West's twilight mood," that cast a pall over the Nicene creed today.
FBU general secretary Andy Gilchrist said the death of Bob Miller would cast a pall over today's pay talks.
Cost was a significant negative incentive, Rose suggests, as well as moral qualms over saving one's family while neighbors perished, and the undeniable fact that fallout shelters tended to "cast a pall over suburban life" (191).
THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN has cast a pall over CEO compensation, but that doesn't mean that CEO pay cuts or rollbacks are in the offing.
The 19-year-old twins now stand shoulder to shoulder with such epigones of embarrassment as Roger Clinton, whose coke-addled vocal stylings finally found an audience in the rock 'n' roll clubs of North Korea; Uncle Neil Bush, who has effectively gone missing since his role in the Silverado Savings & Loan scandal cast a pall over Poppy Bush's years in power; Patti Davis Reagan, who not only laid bare her disagreements with her father at numerous anti-nuke rallies but eventually laid bare for Playboy; and Billy Carter, whose predilection for public urination was matched only by his willingness to exploit his First Brother status to sell self-branded beer to his countrymen and arms to rogue nations.
At a time when the protracted battle over the presidential election has cast a pall over an already insecure economy, we are experiencing slowing economic growth, growing fear of reduced Wall Street bonuses and precipitous drops in both the NASDAQ and the Dow.