question mark over

question mark over

An element of doubt surrounding the quality, ability, or future of (something). If we don't secure new funding soon, there is going to be a question mark over the future of this agency. The recent media coverage of the scandal has left a question mark over whether he should remain CEO of the company.
See also: mark, over, question
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a ˈquestion mark hangs over somebody/something


there’s a ˈquestion mark (hanging) over somebody/something

there is some doubt about somebody/something: A question mark hangs over the future of this club.There’s a question mark over his loyalty to the company.
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Waugh, having rated his team's effort a paltry four out of 10 when they beat Scotland in their first game of the tournament, this time gave them eight overall, despite a question mark over their bowling.
England were keen not to make any early assessments, with another full day of preparation work ahead, but Stokes' ability to balance the side as a top-five batsman and reliable seam bowler makes any question mark overs his participation serious.