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question mark

An unknown or uncertainty. The question mark is the grammatical symbol used to punctuate interrogative sentences (i.e. questions). I don't know why the experiment turned out this way—it's a real question mark right now. Injuries have left the team with a big question mark at the position of quarterback.
See also: mark, question

a question mark

COMMON
1. If there is a question mark over something, people do not know if it will continue to exist or what it will be like. There is a question mark over the future of old people's care as a result of the government cuts. Note: You can also say that there is a question mark hanging over something. There is a question mark hanging over the England manager's job. Note: Question mark is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. There's going to be a question mark about future US aid.
2. If there is a question mark over something, people are not sure if its quality is good. There is a question mark over the vehicle's long-term reliability. Note: You can also say that there is a question mark hanging over something. I am very pleased they have been acquitted. However it leaves a big question mark hanging over the original trial. Note: Question mark is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. There will be a question mark on his record that might stop him being promoted in the future.
See also: mark, question
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CHALLENGE Z Colourful question marks emerging from the Clyde at Langbank
But instead of queries over the cost or design of the building, the new ones appear to be real question marks made of black granite.