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    Default Cast a chill over someone

    Hi,

    Is this idiom in current use? What does it mean?

    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: Cast a chill over someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    Is this idiom in current use? What does it mean?

    Thanks a lot
    It could mean "to scare".
    "The rattling chains and screams in the attic cast a chill over me last night."
    That exact phrase isn't so common, but it would be understood in context.

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    Default Re: Cast a chill over someone

    Would it be possible to mean "let someone down" like:

    You promised to go out with me and daughter but why you cast a chill over us.


    Does it make sense?

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    Default Re: Cast a chill over someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Would it be possible to mean "let someone down" like:

    You promised to go out with me and daughter but why you cast a chill over us.


    Does it make sense?
    It's not a term I've heard.

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    Default Re: Cast a chill over someone

    Well, thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: Cast a chill over someone

    There is an idiom "cast a pall over" something, but it refers to ruining an event, usually by bringing up topics involving death and/or disease. "Pall" comes from old funeral customs.

    The best I can determine from context, it looks like you're trying to find "You promised to go out with my daughter and me (always "and me" comes last in a list), but why did you blow us off?"

    To blow someone or something off is to ignore or avoid a person or appointment, usually without advance warning or cancellation.

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    Default Re: Cast a chill over someone

    According to the Chinese translation, it does mean "blow off" or "stand up". But the phrase "cast a chill over" seems not to be valid. Neither you nor Ray has heard it.


    I will leave it out.

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