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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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Pogba reiterated in the mixed zone after the win over Chelsea last week there was still a 'question mark' over his future.
"And there's got to be a question mark over KP's ability right now - not over his ability, just mentally, how he slots back into the set-up.
Question marks: Is Casey Kjos going to hold his spot as the slot?
'Contractual talks are ongoing but that does not place a question mark over Rio's loyalty, his commitment or desire
"Contractual discussions are on-going but that does not place a question mark over Rio's loyalty, his commitment, his desire, his heart and his will to win trophies for United."
Without ever becoming sentimental or, to the contrary, overtly sarcastic about the social realities of his urban milieu, he performed "Anti-Happenings" by leaving "textcards," handmade with a children's printing set, in Bratislava and elsewhere--as "invitationcards to an Idea." The very term Anti-Happening (written on the first textcard, from 1965) is typical of Koller's skepticism, which is symbolized by the question mark, one of his early emblems, presented on a flag above a deserted swimming pool in 1969 or formed by Koller and a group of kids on a hill in 1978 (Universal Futurological Question Mark [U.F.O.]).
What now headlines are questions without question marks -- they point to the future rather than to the past and emphasize the unknown rather than the known:
The two biggest question marks lie at opposite ends of the world.
Last week three people were gunned down in Karachi including a renowned personality of the society Ali Raza Abidi, fomer MNA, and the assailants escaped from the scene which raises question marks on the performance of law-enforcement agencies.
Using a red pen to comb through the event guestlist, the usually affable Mr Thatcher banned Dame Shirley Bassey and duoGilbert and George- for reasons that remain unknown - marking ticks against those he "would personally like to see included" and question marks beside "those who, I believe, do not help".
But Hamann said: "There are lots of question marks over Germany and you're also the defending champions and everyone wants to knock you off your perch.
Working with welders who built boats on the river, Alec also recruited a group of unemployed and retired Inverclyde folk to create a series of question marks - an important motif in George's work.
'When I talk about them being probably the most settled side in a while, there's still a few question marks around their side," Ponting told BBC radio.
Question marks: Can Nate Costa get healthy and make the travel squad, allowing Darron Thomas to redshirt as a sophomore?
FERRARI aim to exploit Michael Schumacher's new role as consultant to take away the question marks over Kimi Raikkonen.