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above suspicion

So trustworthy as never to be suspected of wrongdoing, as in “The wife of Caesar must be above suspicion” (Charles Merivale, A History of the Romans under the Empire, 1850). The phrase was given further currency when it was used for the title of a very popular World War II spy film starring Joan Crawford (Above Suspicion, 1943). A similar idiom using above in the sense of “beyond” isabove the law, usually describing an individual or business behaving as though exempt from rules or laws that apply to others.
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  • "She certainly appears to be above suspicion," Duvall replied.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • You may be sure that my word is above suspicion; I have no interests of my own to serve.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Could any one who had seen and known her ever think of her but as above suspicion?

  • It is not enough for an administration to be pure; it should be above suspicion.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • But this, after all, is as nothing so long as one's health is above suspicion.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Must I confine my philanthropy to the old and ugly to keep it above suspicion?

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • In this there is no difficulty, and they seem to be above suspicion.

  • They were above suspicion, and besides, they knew nothing of the pearls.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • And, to all appearance, madame should also be above suspicion.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • In times like these all one's friends must be above suspicion.

    The Bronze Eagle

    Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy

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