above suspicion


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above suspicion

Not suspected of any wrongdoing or crime. Because everyone thought he was such a good citizen, he remained above suspicion after the robbery.
See also: above, suspicion

*above suspicion

[for one] to be honest enough that no one would suspect one; in a position where one could not be suspected. (This is a translation of words attributed to Julius Caesar, who divorced his wife, Pompeia, on the grounds of her possible involvement in a public scandal; Caesar stated, "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.") (*Typically: be ~; keep oneself ~; remain ~.) The general is a fine old man, completely above suspicion.
See also: above, suspicion

above suspicion

So trustworthy as never to be suspected of wrongdoing, as in "The wife of Caesar must be above suspicion" (Charles Merivale, A History of the Romans under the Empire, 1850). The phrase was given further currency when it was used for the title of a very popular World War II spy film starring Joan Crawford ( Above Suspicion, 1943). A similar idiom using above in the sense of "beyond" is above the law, usually describing an individual or business behaving as though exempt from rules or laws that apply to others.
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She told them that for some days Hughling Elliot had been ill, and the only doctor available was the brother of the proprietor, or so the proprietor said, whose right to the title of doctor was not above suspicion.
"The fidelity of 'The Long Rifle' is well known to me," returned Munro, "and is above suspicion; though his usual good fortune seems, at last, to have failed.
And as to that I believed myself above suspicion. At last she spoke.
The only duplicate which existed, so far as I knew, was that which belonged to my servant, Bannister--a man who has looked after my room for ten years, and whose honesty is absolutely above suspicion. I found that the key was indeed his, that he had entered my room to know if I wanted tea, and that he had very carelessly left the key in the door when he came out.
When I cited her and John Cavendish as being above suspicion?"
I have three maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few months.
The three part Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent is aired on ITV in mid January.
Cape Town (South Africa), Apr.7 (ANI): Experts and commentators on politics in South Africa are of the unanimous view that African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma involvement in a spying and money laundering case is not above suspicion.
She said: "I'd rather a dance troupe win than a singer because it's not the X Factor after all." CRIME mistress Lynda La Plante is to make a sequel to ratings-winning drama Above Suspicion starring Kelly Reilly and Ciar[sz]n Hinds for ITV1.
Campaigners argue that any new research must be above suspicion and an independent body like the National Assembly should fund the study to ensure its integrity.
He said he hopes President Aquino would skip Santos when selecting the next Presiding Justice, adding that the Sandiganbayan leader must be someone who is above suspicion.
ABOVE Suspicion: Silent Scream on ITV1 is yet another superb drama from Lynda La Plante.
On the flip side I was asked to be in a two-part Lynda La Plante drama called Above Suspicion.
The ancients said Caesar's wife must be above suspicion. Cherie will always be under suspicion.
Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia (ITV1, 9pm) This three-part Lynda La Plante detective drama begins with the discovery of a young woman's body, beside the Thames.