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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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  • The magic circle of my revolving thought grew too much for me.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • It lay about her as though she had been set apart within a magic circle.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Jacobi, who appeared to be captivated by Sara's appearance, led her in the magic circle of the waltz.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • To-day he had joined the magic circle of those about the throne.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Even the little boys and girls on the outskirts giggled shrilly, and stole the opportunity to draw nearer to the magic circle.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • Within this magic circle all was warm, comfortable, and cheery.

  • There was a time when we ate our meals surrounded by a magic circle like Brunhilde, but ours was not of flames, but of ant powder.

    The Smiling Hill-Top Julia M. Sloane
  • As the thrust carries his sword into the magic circle, the blade breaks.

  • He started well, but on arriving at the magic circle the plough shied and the wooden landside—or chip, as it was called—came off.

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

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson

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