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Magic Circle

noun
1.
the British association of magicians, traditionally forbidden to reveal any of the secrets of their art
2.
(not capitals) a group of influential people involved in a conspiracy
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  • It lay about her as though she had been set apart within a magic circle.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • He and Nanette must be within the magic circle at the estimated time.

  • To-day he had joined the magic circle of those about the throne.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • Within this magic circle all was warm, comfortable, and cheery.

  • I have drawn around thee a magic circle of curses which he cannot overleap.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • As the thrust carries his sword into the magic circle, the blade breaks.

  • If he steps out of that magic circle, the law's authority is weakened.

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • Then there is the magic circle which is described differently by divers writers.

    Byways of Ghost-Land Elliott O'Donnell
  • It was only she, who loved him best, who was outside the magic circle of his friends.

    The Phantom Lover Ruby M. Ayres
  • We shall have to banish you from the magic circle if you feel that way.

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