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under a cloud

Meaning: If someone is under a cloud, they are suspected of having done something wrong.

For example:

  • Ever since the rumours of corruption started, the president has been under a cloud and he probably won't win another election.

  • Henry has been under a cloud since the money disappeared and he bought a new car.

Quick Quiz:

If someone is under a cloud, they might
  1. take an umbrella in case it rains
  2. try to prove they're innocent
  3. stop and wait until it passes

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