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” is above the law, usually describing an individual or business behaving as though exempt from rules or laws that apply to others.
Historical Examples

I wished to occupy such a place in our contest, as, while it left me free to labor, should put me above suspicion.
Charles Sumner; his complete works; Volume 2 (of 20) Charles Sumner

Could any one who had seen and known her ever think of her but as above suspicion?
The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII. Guy de Maupassant

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

But this, after all, is as nothing so long as one’s health is above suspicion.
Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne

The witness has a character for veracity; his character is above suspicion; the character of the applicant.
English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald

Must I confine my philanthropy to the old and ugly to keep it above suspicion?
Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter

Their families, friends, relatives, and even their ancestors were above suspicion.
Check and Checkmate Walter Miller

In this there is no difficulty, and they seem to be above suspicion.
The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot Arthur Conan Doyle

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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