I'm looking for an idiom that means the illusion is over or the illusion has dropped. Ironically, I wonder if either of these phrases is the idiom I'm looking for. The reason I doubt this is that there aren't a lot of google hits for these phrases. I can't seem to find it in an idioms dictionary. Any thoughts?

To clarify, what I would like to express by the idiom is, the illusion that we were under is now gone.

  • The illusion is figurative right? – vickyace May 10 '16 at 6:01
  • Right. Like, an illusion between two people. "The illusion has dropped. I see you are not my friend." Bad example, but I hope it makes the point. – ktm5124 May 10 '16 at 6:09
  • Illusions can fade, or fade out, or with knowledge be lost. – agc May 10 '16 at 8:19

The fog has lifted

Something that confuses or obscures.

A state of confusion and bewilderment.

To lift the fog means to dissipate or clear something that has been causing bewilderment or confusion.

Also, try jig is up. It means

Your trick or game is finished, has been exposed, we're onto you now.

Being discovered or scheme has ended.

Example - Your jig is up, I know you aren't my friend.

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  • That's great! That may be it. I'm still curious if there are other expressions, perhaps including the word "illusion". – ktm5124 May 10 '16 at 6:11
  • @ktm5124 I'm looking an thinking. Will edit in few minutes. – vickyace May 10 '16 at 6:15

Illusions can be seen through or pierced. This ngram indicates that seen through is significantly more popular than pierce. Your phrase the illusion is over sits in between these two.

Interestingly, based on the results in the ngram, seeing through illusions tends to be used to refer to bypassing reality to see something else. Piercing illusions tends to be more idiomatic the other way around. However, both constructs are used to refer to the viewing of something more fundamental than the illusion.

Here is an example:

If we are still feeling resentment, anger, condemnation, and blame, we have one again not pierced the illusion and seen the truth. In the illusion we not only believe the other is the cause of our unhappiness (the special hate relationship) but we also expect the other to be more perfect, rather than "perfectly imperfect." - Robert Roskind, *In the Spirit of Marriage: Creating and sustaining Loving Relationships

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    Thanks Lawrence. I never knew about those ngrams. Also, great example. – ktm5124 May 10 '16 at 16:48

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