(to be) under a cloud

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - under a cloud

"(to be) under a cloud"

less than entirely trustworthy;

suspected of some wrongdoing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - under a cloud

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I heard that the president of the company was fired under a cloud. What happened there?

Colleague 2: There are not a lot of details available but apparently there was some sort of wrongdoing involved.

Colleague 1: Embezzlement? Fraud? Sexual Misconduct?

Colleague 2: Yes. Something like that.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - under a cloud

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Are all politicians dirty and corrupt? We are about to have another election and I wonder why we even bother. They all seem the same.

Friend 2: This administration has been marked by widespread corruption. Even if they manage to clean it up, the politicians will always be under a cloud of suspicion.

Friend 1: And yet, they will run for re-election. What a crazy system.

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(to be) under a cloud - Gerund Form:

Being under a cloud of suspicion, the suspected blue collar criminal was watched closely.

(to be) under a cloud - Examples:

1)  ... no less than one-quarter of Quebecers have seen their mayor resign under a cloud of suspicion.

2)  ... without standard scientific controls, has brought an important area of research under a cloud of suspicion.

3)  Mr. Williams had left Newfoundland on Feb. 1 under a cloud of secrecy, refusing at first to reveal the nature of his operation.

4)  Markets are operating under a cloud of uncertainty as traders gauge who will emerge as the winner of the American election.

5)  In late 1858, he left Victoria rather hurriedly under a cloud concerning a missing $8,000, and returned to California. 

6)  CIA employees who spoke fluent Russian or had Russian or Polish-sounding names fell under a cloud. Lie detector tests were administered left and right; not everyone passed.

7)  Predecessor Jason Manford left the show under a cloud after he was caught sending steamy messages to female fans on Twitter. 

8)  ... detained solely to verify their immigration status. No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like.

9)  You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. 

10)  ... say I did something I did not do. I'll never retire under a cloud. I will defend my name - to the death.

11)  ... who likely has not misspent campaign funds but who will remain under a cloud because there will be no independent review.

12)  We were a merchant family and lived under a cloud of religious intolerance. 

13)  Today the market is suffering under a cloud of austerity and it wasn't much different when Elizabeth II came to the throne.

14)  ... her Angel character underwent some seriously weird treatment and left under a cloud the show's producers are still yet to fully explain.

15)  ... world seems little better, with people in the most senior positions leaving under a cloud of unreasonable behaviour and some spectacular and devastating failures. 

16)  ... can expect an acrimonious welcome from the supporters of the club he left under a cloud of secrecy and dodgy timing last season. 

17)  He left that job under a cloud, but was cleared of financial irregularities by an inquiry.

18)  At the end of the session my son and I left under a cloud of shame and we haven't been back since. 

19)  ... of which resulted in his sudden departure from the country under a cloud before he could be strung up from the nearest lamp post.

20)  Peter does love Jesus greatly but right now he is under a cloud, having betrayed his Master three times.