under a spell

under a spell

1. Controlled by magic or enchantment. The evil witch put the princess under a spell that would keep her asleep for 1,000 years.
2. By extension, enthralled, captivated, or fascinated (by someone or something). He acts as if he's under a spell whenever he's around her. The entire audience was under a spell as they watched the performance.
See also: spell

*under a spell

Fig. enchanted; under the control of magic. (*Typically: be ~; have someone ~; put someone ~.) Her soft voice and faint perfume put Buxton under a spell. Then enchantment was broken when he found his wallet missing.
See also: spell