cast a chill
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- (figuratively) To provoke an uneasy feeling which stops a conversation, as by an uncalled act or word.
- His menacing presence cast a chill over everyone.
- the perusal of the letter he had brought from his master cast a chill over things. — Kazimierz Waliszewski, Ivan the Terrible, Part 4, Chapter 2, translated by Lady Mary Loyd.