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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

under a cloud

COMMON If someone is under a cloud, they are generally not trusted or are disapproved of, because of something that they have done. The president of the bank resigned under a cloud several weeks ago. He departed as England coach under a cloud over his business dealings. With its leader under a cloud, these are difficult times for the party.
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under a cloud

under suspicion or discredited.
1992 Alasdair Gray Poor Things The career of this once famous soldier began as well as ended under a cloud.
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under a ˈcloud

suspected of having done something wrong; in disgrace: He’d been stealing, so he was asked to resign, and he left under a cloud.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

under a cloud

Under suspicion or in a state of disgrace.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

under a cloud, to be

To be under suspicion, in trouble, or out of favor. The metaphor calls up the image of sunny blue skies marred by one cloud over the head of a particular individual. Al Capp (1909–79), the cartoonist remembered best for his comic strip “L’il Abner,” included in it one ill-fated character, Joe Btfsplk, who went everywhere with a black cloud hanging over his head and brought misfortune with him. The term was already being used figuratively by 1500.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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