cast doubt

cast doubt

To cause someone or something to be viewed with doubt, skepticism, or uncertainty. Why did you change your mind about giving Walt the promotion? Did something happen to cast doubt?
See also: cast, doubt

cast doubt on (someone or something)

To cause someone or something to be viewed with doubt, skepticism, or uncertainty. I considered Walt for the promotion, but his constant lateness soon cast doubt on that decision. Such a significant error really cast doubt on all of the experiment's results.
See also: cast, doubt, on
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cast doubt(s) (on someone or something)

to cause someone or something to be doubted. The police cast doubt on my story. How can they cast doubt? They haven't looked into it yet. The city council cast doubt on John and his plan.
See also: cast, doubt
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Other researchers cast doubt on that idea, noting that hip joints permitting such flexibility aren't found in any related dinosaur.
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Some writers have attempted to cast its creators as committed communists, but post-perestroika scholarship has cast doubt on that interpretation.
Because it is a fact not open to irrefutable proof--like say two and two equal four-although it is altogether likely that advanced mathematicians can cast doubt even on that modest proposal.
With such a comparison, one may recognize how Handforth, taking formalism into a narrative practice, also manages to cast doubt on the reliability of our very sense of perception by distorting a commonplace thing, thereby thrusting it into a realm of uncertainty.