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1‘the coffin lay under a rich velvet pall’
funeral cloth, coffin covering
2‘a pall of black smoke hung over the quarry’
cloud, covering, cloak, mantle, veil, shroud, layer, blanket, sheet, curtain, canopy
1‘two years of pandering to bloated businessmen began to pall’
become tedious, grow tedious, become boring, grow boring, become tiresome, grow tiresome, lose its interest, lose their interest, lose attraction, wear off, cloy
bore, tire, fatigue, weary, sicken, nauseate
‘the news cast a pall over the occasion’
spoil, take the enjoyment out of, take the fun out of, take the pleasure out of, cast a shadow over, overshadow, envelop in gloom, darken, cloud, put a damper on, mar, blight
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