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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?
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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
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And how hard it was to talk to him, without crushing some flower of his fancy or casting doubt upon his dreams.
One thing alone I looked towards as a possible means of casting doubt on my terrible conviction--the discovery that my vision of Prague had been false--and Prague was the next city on our route.
But a support group for children with cancer in Fukushima confirmed Friday that a boy who was four at the time of the nuclear disaster had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, casting doubt on the government's denials.
Summary: Moscow, July 09, 2010, SPA -- An expert is casting doubt on a claim by a Georgian woman to be the world&'s oldest person, AP reported.
1 after sending out two distress calls still has not been found, Indonesian officials said yesterday, casting doubt over whether any of the 96 passengers and six crew aboard the flight survived the apparent crash.
Ms Herbert was speaking as part of a new BBC documentary on the murder of the television presenter, below, which claims to have unearthed new evidence casting doubt on George's conviction.
Ms Herbert was speaking as part of a new BBC documentary on the television presenterAEs murder, which claims to have unearthed new evidence casting doubt about GeorgeAEs conviction.
Ms Herbert was speaking as part of a new BBC documentary on the murder of the popular television presenter, left, which claims to have unearthed new evidence casting doubt about George's conviction.
The Lavender Chamomile All Over Cream is paraben-free, so you don't have to worry about recent studies casting doubt on the safety of this common additive.
The problematic terms "baroque" (assertive persuasion, as in d'Aubigne or de Sponde) and "mannerist" (seduction, even while casting doubt on its own validity, as in Desportes) depict the unstable, mutable, hybrid works of the turn of the century.
Like Okudzeto, Leye also interwove memory of the colonial past with projections of a fictional future, casting doubt on the notion of a single, stable African identity.
New analyses of the gastroliths in ostriches are casting doubt on that theory.
As a number of historians have already noted, Barnum's promotion of Heth was a milestone in the history of American popular culture, when he first discovered the value of casting doubt on the authenticity of his attractions in order to arouse public interest in them.
But she was stunned when Bing, 35, issued a statement casting doubt on whether the baby was his.
Secondly, the sentence is one of judgement, declaring "the small number" to be of wicked intent (i.e., "casting doubt in the Archdiocesan record").