cast a (dark) cloud


: to cause people to stop trusting something
The scandal cast a cloud over his presidency.
Several problems have cast a cloud on the program's future.

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Recent Examples on the Web But amid that delay, negative stories about DeSantis had already started to cast a cloud over his previously sunny campaign outlook. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 22 Jan. 2024 The widespread embrace of hybrid work has cast a cloud over the future of offices, which emptied again in recent weeks as the omircon variant swept New York. Dallas News, 5 Feb. 2022 Last season’s loss to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl cast a dark cloud over the program as a 15-point, fourth-quarter collapse sent the Trojans into the offseason with two consecutive losses. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 The rapid rise in interest rates in recent months has shaken investors and cast a cloud over the economy. Joe Rennison, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2023 The conflict has cast a cloud over a gathering of top economic policymakers in Morocco for the annual meetings of the I.M.F. and the World Bank. Officials who planned to grapple with the lingering economic effects of the pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine now face a new crisis. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 10 Oct. 2023 While these Olympics featured several iconic moments of joy and disappointment, they will most likely be remembered for the ever-present threat of COVID-19 disruptions and a figure skating controversy that cast a dark cloud over the Games' most popular events. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2022 But questionable trading activities by two Fed bank presidents, first reported last month by The Wall Street Journal, cast a cloud over his prospects by giving a vocal minority of Democrats who already opposed his nomination new grounds to call for his replacement. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Hamlin’s injury cast a dark cloud over the league on Tuesday, which for most teams is a scheduled off day for players. Ben Volin,, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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