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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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  • I wished to occupy such a place in our contest, as, while it left me free to labor, should put me above suspicion.

  • But this, after all, is as nothing so long as one's health is above suspicion.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • I decline to use the circumstantial evidence you have brought against a man who is above suspicion, in my mind, at least.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Must I confine my philanthropy to the old and ugly to keep it above suspicion?

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • The witness has a character for veracity; his character is above suspicion; the character of the applicant.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • In this there is no difficulty, and they seem to be above suspicion.

  • Their families, friends, relatives, and even their ancestors were above suspicion.

    Check and Checkmate Walter Miller
  • Could any one who had seen and known her ever think of her but as above suspicion?

  • Punch's loyalty, as a matter of fact, has always been above suspicion and above proof.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • And, to all appearance, madame should also be above suspicion.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim

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