under a 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
References in classic literature ?
The overseer wouldn't believe him when he said the valley air would be his death--and the negroes, who might otherwise have helped him, all avoided a man whom they knew to be under a spell.