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mysterious circumstances

This page is about the collocation mysterious circumstances

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

circumstances that aren't understood, or haven't been revealed or explained

For example

  • Billy disappeared under mysterious circumstances. No-one knows what happened to him.

  • The authorities are saying that the circumstances surrounding her death are very mysterious.

Quick Quiz

We were told the ship sank in mysterious circumstances, so we

a. don't know if it sank

b. don't know why it sank

c. don't know which ship sank

Contributor: Matt Errey