cast a pall on/over

Definition of cast a pall on/over

:to give (something) an unhappy mood
  • Their argument cast a pall on the party.

Word by Word Definitions

cast play
  1. : to cause to move or send forth by throwing

  2. : direct

  3. : to put forth

  1. : an act of casting

  2. : something that happens as a result of chance

  3. : a throw of dice

pall play
  1. : to lose strength or effectiveness

  2. : to lose in interest or attraction

  3. : dwindle

  1. : pallium

  2. : a square of linen usually stiffened with cardboard that is used to cover the chalice

  3. : a heavy cloth draped over a coffin

  1. : to cover with a pall : drape

over play
  1. : across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

  2. used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

  3. used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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