cast a shadow over something

to make a situation seem less hopeful and more likely to end badly

Last night's killings cast a dark shadow over the peace talks.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • cast a shadow over something — phrase to make a situation seem less hopeful and more likely to end badly Last night’s killings cast a dark shadow over the peace talks. Thesaurus: to make someone feel disappointed or less hopefulsynonym Main entry: cast …   Useful english dictionary

  • cast — cast1 [ kæst ] (past tense and past participle cast) verb *** ▸ 1 choose actor for part ▸ 2 describe someone as a type ▸ 3 look at someone/something ▸ 4 give light/a shadow ▸ 5 throw ▸ 6 move fishing line/net ▸ 7 make something in a mold ▸ 8 tell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cast — I UK [kɑːst] / US [kæst] verb Word forms cast : present tense I/you/we/they cast he/she/it casts present participle casting past tense cast past participle cast *** 1) a) [transitive] to choose a performer for a particular part or for a… …   English dictionary

  • cast — cast1 W3 [ka:st US kæst] v past tense and past participle cast ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1 cast light on/onto something 2 cast doubt(s) on something 3¦(light and shade)¦ 4 cast a shadow/cloud over something 5¦(look)¦ 6 cast an eye on/over something 7 cast a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cast — 1 verb past tense and past participle cast 1 cast (a) light on/onto a) to provide new information which makes something easier to understand: research findings that cast new light on the origin of our universe b) literary to send light onto a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shadow — shad|ow1 W2 [ˈʃædəu US dou] n ↑shadow ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(dark shape)¦ 2¦(darkness)¦ 3¦(bad effect/influence)¦ 4 without/beyond a shadow of a doubt 5 in somebody s shadow 6 be a shadow of your former self 7 shadows under your eyes 8 somebody s shadow 9… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shadow — 1 noun 1 DARKNESS (U) also shadows plural darkness caused by something preventing light from entering a place: in shadow: The room was half in shadow. | in the shadows: a thief lurking in the shadows 2 DARK SHAPE (C) a dark shape that someone or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cast*/ — [kɑːst] (past tense and past participle cast) verb I 1) [T] to choose an actor for a particular part, or to choose all the actors for a particular play, film etc She was always cast as a mother.[/ex] 2) [T] to make light or a shadow appear in a… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • shadow — [[t]ʃæ̱doʊ[/t]] ♦♦♦ shadows, shadowing, shadowed 1) N COUNT A shadow is a dark shape on a surface that is made when something stands between a light and the surface. An oak tree cast its shadow over a tiny round pool... Nothing would grow in the… …   English dictionary

  • shadow — noun 1》 a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between light rays and a surface.     ↘partial or complete darkness.     ↘a dark patch or area. 2》 an air or expression of sadness and gloom. 3》 a position of relative inferiority or… …   English new terms dictionary

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