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a question mark over someone | something

Meaning: If there's a question mark over someone, there's some doubt about their future or their ability to do something. If there's a question mark over something, there's some doubt about its quality or its authenticity.

For example:

  • There's been a question mark over the Prime Minister's health since he cancelled his trip to China.

  • Even though there's a question mark over the painting's authenticity, it sold for over $10,000,000.

Quick Quiz:

There's been a question mark over his loyalty to the club ever since he said
  1. he'd never play for another team
  2. he was happy with his contract
  3. you never know what the future will bring

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