under a cloud


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under a cloud (of suspicion)

Fig. suspected of something. Someone stole some money at work, and now everyone is under a cloud of suspicion. Even the manager is under a cloud.
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under a cloud

thought possibly to be involved in something illegal or criminal Several people at my company have suddenly left under a cloud and are being investigated by the police.
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under a cloud

Under suspicion, in trouble, or out of favor, as in Ever since his brother was accused of fraud, he's been under a cloud. This metaphoric expression calls up the image of a single black cloud hanging over an individual. [c. 1500]
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under a cloud

Under suspicion or in a state of disgrace.
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