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.
See also: above, suspicion
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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 have three maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose absolute reliability is quite above suspicion.
Can we say that we have a vested interest in ensuring that our cases at least are delayed or at least be in our interest and we above suspicion,"he said.
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Our elected representatives must be above suspicion.
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Sus reminds us that vilification of the poor and marginal comes in cycles, and this play's credentials in highlighting that in a gripping way are above suspicion.
But not as much as the complacency within the establishment who thought, because he came from the right stock and went to the right school, he was above suspicion.
He also emphasized that legislators must lead by example and they must not only be above suspicion but must be perceived by the people to be above suspicion.
Like Caesar's wife, we have to be above suspicion and we have to subject ourselves to scrutiny.
What I've tried to show is that sometimes in Above Suspicion, you have a very powerful, rich woman whose contacts are at the very top, and how hard it is to prove anything against them.
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