of unknown origin

idiom

used to say that the source or cause of something is not known
a disease of unknown origin

Examples of of unknown origin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least one ship was damaged by a floating mine of unknown origin off the coast of Romania late last year. Tim Lister and Victoria Butenko, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 At least one other bank has also left customers scrambling to withdraw their money after an outage of unknown origin. Rob Wile, NBC News, 12 Aug. 2023 As should be expected, there is an equally detailed set of documents, produced by the U.F.O. researchers Jacques Vallée and Richard Haines, that suggest the image is of a real craft of unknown origin. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2023 The engine is a Subaru flat-four of unknown origin—Hall reportedly pulled it from a junkyard—good for approximately 78 horsepower. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 30 July 2023 In early March, around the time of the annual meeting of China’s parliament, the couple said they were illegally detained on an island outside Shanghai by enforcers of unknown origin. Selina Wang, CNN, 21 Apr. 2023

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“Of unknown origin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/of%20unknown%20origin. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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