under a cloud

under a cloud
1) under suspicion, not trusted

The politician has been under a cloud over the possibility of taking bribes.

2) depressed, sad

She has been under a cloud of depression since her cat died.

Digest 22/2002
less than entirely trustworthy; suspected of some wrongdoing.

The bank manager discovered that there was money missing from Mr. Jenkins' money drawer and the manager suspects that Mr. Jenkins took it himself. Mr. Jenkins has been under a cloud ever since. The lack of trust implied in the expression may or may not be justified.


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  • under a cloud —    If someone is suspected of having done something wrong, they are under a cloud.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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