pop the bubble of (someone)

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pop the bubble of (someone)

To disprove, ruin, or destroy someone's fantasy, delusion, or misbelief. A less common variant of "burst the bubble of (someone)." The Supreme Court ruling is likely to pop the bubble of all the activists who were in favor of overturning the case.
See also: bubble, of, pop
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For example, in figures 2a--2e the child first found 444 from intervals of 100 (Figure 2a), zoomed to tens intervals at 400 (Figure 2b), swiped to increase the numbers along the number line (Figure 2c), zoomed in to intervals of ones at 440-450 (Figure 2d), and popped the bubble to correctly place 444 (Figure 2e).
Ed often popped the bubbles while the number line was in motion, sometimes anticipating the target number's space before it appeared.
When high inflation rates later popped the bubble, taxpayers had to pick up the tab."
I went outside and popped the bubbles between my fingers for half-an-hour.