"(to be) under a cloud"
less than entirely trustworthy;
suspected of some wrongdoing
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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.
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.
Being under a cloud of suspicion, the suspected blue collar criminal was watched closely.
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.