Definition of cloud in US English:



  • 1A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground.

    ‘the sun had disappeared behind a cloud’
    ‘the full moon, hidden by veils of cloud’
    • ‘Such snow is light and usually evaporates in the dry air below the clouds before reaching the ground.’
    • ‘Gray-brown stratus clouds in the upper atmosphere flew at high speed as though the planet was racked by a perpetual storm.’
    • ‘Most tornadoes form under the southwestern section of the thunderstorm cloud.’
    • ‘The cumulus cloud above him revealed a storm was brewing, one of violent proportions.’
    • ‘Rain poured down from the flat, gray clouds above as thunder boomed and lightning flashed.’
    • ‘The scattered clouds separate, revealing patches of bare sky.’
    • ‘It collected in the atmosphere above cloud level and last night had spread across southern England and was heading towards the Channel’
    • ‘Flashes of lightning can illuminate entire clouds, making them visible from miles away.’
    • ‘The moonlight had disappeared behind a cloud for the moment, and the corners of the room seemed exceptionally black.’
    • ‘The conditions required for tropical cyclones are also suitable conditions for thunderstorms, deep convective clouds with strong updraughts.’
    • ‘The cloud level hung immediately above us blotting out the higher slopes.’
    • ‘Within seconds, the clouds begin to disperse and the suns rays thaw my chilled arms.’
    • ‘It was uncomfortable going in and out of clouds at 250 feet above the ground, but we saw the runway and figured we had come this far and might as well land.’
    • ‘She shivered, suddenly cold - the sun had disappeared behind some wispy clouds.’
    • ‘The sunlight was just breaking through a patch of clouds.’
    • ‘The forest seemed to be thinning out now, the clouds above finally visible.’
    • ‘She saw buildings that disappeared into the clouds above her head.’
    • ‘There was always the threat of an end-of-summer downpour from the steely-grey clouds above, but none came.’
    • ‘The air got colder as rain clouds began to form above her head.’
    • ‘As air rises, it cools, and its humidity begins condensing into clouds and precipitation.’
    1. 1.1 An indistinct or billowing mass, especially of smoke or dust.
      ‘a cloud of dust’
      • ‘A cloud of dust rises and momentarily obscures the wreck.’
      • ‘Workers toiled in a cloud of dust in the light of powerful lamps set up to help them see.’
      • ‘A cloud of acrid smoke is hanging over the city and on the roads all the shops are closed for fear of rioting.’
      • ‘When I looked over the edge of the foxhole, the village was obscured by a cloud of dust and smoke.’
      • ‘The most popular theory is that a cloud of dust smothered the earth in a thick haze that would have blocked out the sun.’
      • ‘Early on in this deployment I walked past a sports field and noticed a cloud of dust obscuring the far end.’
      • ‘As I tried to make my escape downhill, a cloud of smoke from another fire enveloped me.’
      • ‘A cloud of smoke billowed up from the barrel of the pistol and the odor of gunpowder filled her nostrils.’
      • ‘The missile shot past them, exploding in a cloud of white smoke.’
      • ‘Neil Armstrong went tumbling down the ladder and fell to the lunar surface in a cloud of grey dust.’
      • ‘Your home collapses in a cloud of dust, and a stray flying brick hits you squarely on the back of the head.’
      • ‘So in a cloud of dust, the taxi lurched forward, throwing me back into my seat at the back.’
      • ‘All he could see was a cloud of dust and smoke rising from the devastated Stable Block.’
      • ‘The blasts sent debris and shrapnel flying in a wide radius, and hundreds of panicked school children ran for cover, engulfed by a cloud of smoke.’
      • ‘There was a loud hissing noise and a cloud of bright green smoke billowed towards them.’
      • ‘A lorry thunders into the car park leaving a cloud of dust in its trail.’
      • ‘Once in awhile, a lone horseman would ride across the desert, a cloud of dust billowing behind him, but that was all she saw.’
      • ‘There was a crack of thunder and the three of them vanished in a cloud of smoke.’
      • ‘Harriet usually in pursuit, in clouds of hairspray or exhaust.’
      • ‘Miles motioned towards the gentlemen of the room, shrouded in a cloud of smoke and the smell of brandy.’
      • ‘The next thing I saw was a cloud of smoke billowing up from the next street over.’
      mass, billow, pall, shroud, mantle, blanket, layer, sheet, curtain, canopy
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    2. 1.2 A large number of insects or birds moving together.
      ‘clouds of orange butterflies’
      • ‘I must have looked ridiculous emerging into clouds of mosquitoes in the middle of nowhere.’
      • ‘The latter method ensures that your hands will be covered by sticky ooze guaranteed to attract clouds of annoying flies.’
      • ‘When he mows, clouds of mosquitoes swarm up from the grass in front of the riding mower.’
      • ‘Their screaming contorting aerobatics as they swoop on clouds of insects keeps me greatly amused.’
      • ‘I remember this from childhood - great clouds of oversized winged insects, swarming up from the pavement cracks and the nooks and crannies in walls.’
      • ‘Green-gold reefs and white breakers, a huddle of black rocks topped with scrubby bushes and clouds of birds.’
      • ‘This was Juan's first major trip, but we still made good progress despite the clouds of mosquitoes and raucous birds that plagued us for the first 500m.’
      • ‘During the hot weather it's a pestilential place, populated by heavy clouds of biting insects.’
      • ‘They look to the sky where at dawn the parents wheeled out in dark clouds of birds, to fish all day at sea.’
      • ‘A handful of shorebirds scampered among clouds of tiny insects and piles of seaweed.’
      • ‘I backed away in horror as the puddle spread, joined by clouds of insects from the surrounding swamp.’
      • ‘There are whole valleys of birds, millions of them, clouds of them.’
      • ‘Small clouds of nameless winged things fluttered past our faces and I noticed her bat them away just so casually.’
      • ‘Aside from the stinging clouds of mosquitoes, the jungle is nearly motionless.’
      • ‘I'm dealing with clouds of blackbirds today but what did Annie say?’
      swarm, flock, flight, hive, covey, drove, herd
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    3. 1.3 A vague patch of color in or on a liquid or transparent surface.
      • ‘However, within the boundary layer shallow clouds can form, particularly if the surface is moist.’
  • 2A state or cause of gloom, suspicion, trouble, or worry.

    ‘a black cloud hung over their lives’
    ‘the only cloud to appear on the horizon was Leopold's unexpected illness’
    • ‘Since his arrival at the company the dark clouds threatening insolvency have continued to gather.’
    • ‘On the rare days that her clouds of pain had lifted and she forced a smile, it was through lips as grey as slate, set in a face like flour.’
    • ‘Blind and solitary, he also trails clouds of great tragedy and loss.’
    • ‘He wanted to get the cloud of suspicion off his sons.’
    • ‘Vague clouds of negativity parted, and I started to feel as if I just have to decide what I want out of these last few months here, and then get sorted and make it happen.’
    • ‘You'll have been arrested in a blaze of publicity but the police won't make quite the same fuss over your release, meaning the cloud of suspicion will hang over you.’
    • ‘By July 2000 the dark clouds appeared to have parted for him.’
    • ‘The peace protest was a unique experience for my children and me, and we will cherish the moment despite the clouds of war that still lie ahead.’
    • ‘An enormous cloud of worries and troubles covered my weary heart.’
    • ‘I felt a cloud settling on me as I sailed out of the harbour, a deep, dark cloud of troubles to come.’
    • ‘More than 80 per cent of those who seek treatment can lift the cloud of depression within a short time.’
    • ‘A dark cloud of suspicion hangs over his internment though.’
    • ‘He says that one of the most difficult aspects of the entire ordeal has been the cloud of suspicion that continues to hang over his head.’
    • ‘The cloud of gloom hanging over the area is so dense, it's hard to see any sign of a silver lining.’
    • ‘If the outcome of a sporting event is jeopardized or tainted by the cloud of suspicion, sport immediately loses all its appeal.’
    • ‘Despite the black cloud hovering nearby there was no threat to the railway network.’
    • ‘The endgame is to remove the cloud of suspicion that now hovers over so many leading athletes, and with this in mind the agency posted letters on Friday to those suspected of drug use.’
    • ‘Especially since the clouds of war are gathering over our boundaries.’
    • ‘Although the immediate signs are encouraging, there are dark clouds on the horizon.’
    • ‘A man who has lived under the cloud of suspicion after the death of his wife today spoke of the trauma of a never ending wait for answers.’
    threat, menace, shadow, spectre, blight
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    1. 2.1 A frowning or depressed look.
      ‘a cloud passed over Jessica's face’
      • ‘She gave a fleeting smile, but not before a cloud passed over her face.’
      • ‘A cloud passed over his face as he struggled with the information and his companion's jaw dropped in disbelief at the usurer's injunction.’
      • ‘A cloud passed over her face, and it was clear she was making an important decision.’
      • ‘She was looking into his face but he was sure it was not for that reason that a cloud passed over her expression.’
      • ‘And then the mood expires and it's like a cloud has passed over his face.’
      • ‘He looks downcast, a frown passing like a cloud over his famously large forehead.’
      • ‘His face darkened, as if a cloud had passed over it.’
  • 3often the cloudComputing
    A network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers.

    as modifier ‘once you are logged in to your cloud storage space, you can upload files to it and share them with others’
    ‘$13 per month gets you 25GB of storage in the cloud’
    • ‘The files would then be "kept in the cloud" which is the catchy new way of saying "saved to the desktop".’
    • ‘Today, with the rise of managed security services and other outsourced network services, additional security can be provided inside the cloud.’
    • ‘The future of computing is more balanced, in the cloud or in the browser.’
    • ‘Many e-mails are internal only, never entering the cloud at all.’
    • ‘The cloud is already the dominant platform for personal (nonbusiness) computing among people under 30 (and perhaps for people with broadband access in general).’
    • ‘But anybody who thinks the cloud is going to replace personal computers completely is welcome to put their PC in the bin.’
    • ‘Defense in depth beats a single point of failure, and security in the cloud is only part of a layered approach.’
    • ‘This is not just a US issue, of course, although attention has focused on the US because that it where most of the cloud data centres can be found.’
    • ‘Multiple links to the cloud can provide much higher aggregate bandwidth.’
    • ‘If the cloud holds the data, the data is not owned by anyone and therefore is neither valid nor reliable.’
    • ‘Actually, itunes already uses this hybrid model: You access the store on the cloud, download your purchases once locally.’
    • ‘Yes, the cloud is giving a whole new meaning to "plug and play."’
    • ‘Browsers are the way for users to interact with the cloud, he said.’
    • ‘$13 per month gets you 25 GB of storage in the cloud, transparent to you from the desktop.’
    • ‘Now it is great that documents are also stored in the cloud, available to you right there with your application.’
    • ‘The cloud, that huge bank of online power that lives somewhere and everywhere, is fast becoming the lifeblood of the internet economy.’
    • ‘The cloud WILL become congested in various ways - that's what large scale sharing gets you.’
    • ‘Time will tell if VPC is the carrot that will lead security-conscious customers to the cloud or not.’
    • ‘Security in the cloud is a good addition, but it's not a replacement for more traditional network and desktop security.’


  • 1no object (of the sky) become overcast with clouds.

    ‘the blue skies clouded over abruptly’
    • ‘Around noon the sky clouded over as the wind freshened and soon we had white caps.’
    • ‘By now the sky has clouded up, and a faint but chilly rain begins to fall.’
    • ‘I was able to watch the aurora for 30 minutes before the sky began to cloud over.’
    • ‘In fine weather it is wise to visit the glaciers early in the day as the skies tend to cloud over in the afternoon.’
    • ‘I finished up with a quick pass around the supermarket and, when I came out to push my trolley over to the car the wind had changed, the sky had clouded over, and all of a sudden it was bitterly cold.’
    • ‘The night sky had clouded over and the light from the moon was almost completely blocked.’
    • ‘The sky had begun to cloud over, perhaps heralding breezes, or rain.’
    • ‘The storms have subsided and we had a beautiful sunny morning but, at lunch time, the sky clouded over and it started in to rain.’
    • ‘As we grew closer the sky clouded over, the mist closed in, and it began to drizzle.’
    • ‘Just half an hour later - as if to mirror the fans' mood- - the rainy skies clouded over and the drizzle came down.’
    • ‘We were sitting outside with a mug of coffee this morning, watching as the sky clouded over and became darker and darker.’
    • ‘The spring sky had been clouded over the last few days, and this afternoon was no exception.’
    • ‘The sky clouded over within minutes, and it was clear that we were in for a bit of rain.’
    • ‘Now the sky has clouded over again, so I'm hoping it doesn't rain on my wet paint.’
    • ‘The sky had clouded over and bore an ominous, purple cast.’
    • ‘The wind howled as the skies clouded over and threatened rain.’
    • ‘And then the sky clouded over and a few drops of rain hit the garden.’
    • ‘All too soon the wind will turn, the sky will cloud over and out will come the umbrellas again.’
    • ‘The sky was rapidly clouding, promising a thunderstorm before the night was over.’
    • ‘The sky has clouded over almost entirely, the day has darkened.’
    • ‘The sky was clouding now, and it was warmer and more humid than ever.’
    become cloudy, cloud over, become overcast, become gloomy, grow dim, lour, blacken, darken, dim
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    1. 1.1with object Darken (the sky) with clouds.
      ‘the western sky was still clouded’
      • ‘The sky above was now clouded and a light drizzle began to fall to the ground.’
      • ‘He glanced at the sky, clouded with fog, the sun hidden from view.’
      • ‘The night sky was a clouded one, blocking out all light from the moon.’
      • ‘You know, wouldn't it have been better to go outside on a day not clouded over and bearing rain and wind?’
      • ‘The sky is overcast, clouded by dank mists of humidity thronging the volcanoes and mountains.’
  • 2Make or become less clear or transparent.

    with object ‘blood pumped out, clouding the water’
    no object ‘her eyes clouded with tears’
    • ‘The normally crystal clear water was clouded and turgid.’
    • ‘Substances such as egg whites or gelatin are added to remove astringent substances or proteins which can cloud the wine and give off flavours.’
    • ‘The clear sky has been instantly clouded with brown dirt.’
    • ‘Maurice paused when his eyes began to cloud with tears.’
    • ‘But as I hesitated, the cataracts clouded over and the old blind man clicked his tongue.’
    • ‘Trembling slightly, I look up at him staring hard at me, his pupils clouded over.’
    • ‘There were some splinters of wood in a glass case, the clear surface clouded with age.’
    • ‘An arrow hissed threw the air and found it's mark, the old doe fell to the ground in a crumpled heap as her eyes clouded over.’
    • ‘Lisa's vision began to cloud with tears, but she forced herself not to cry.’
    • ‘His eyes, once clear orbs of deep purple, were clouded and almost lilac in shade.’
    • ‘Barbara answered, tears clouding her clear green eyes.’
    • ‘His voice was raw and I noticed his usually clear eyes were red rimmed and clouded.’
    • ‘Before she was well on her feet, she was dashing for home, her vision clouded by tears as she fumbled along the road.’
    • ‘The hot water had clouded up the mirror, and I reached out a hand to wipe the vapor away.’
    • ‘Small puddles of blood surrounded them and my eyes began to cloud over with tears.’
    • ‘Unclear urine was treated with an acetic acid solution to dissolve phosphates that could be clouding the urine.’
    • ‘Since these papers are the ‘stained glass’ in the windows, their transparency must not be clouded by glue.’
    • ‘White's vision clouded, objects becoming blurred behind a razor sharp mist of pain, both physical and mental.’
    • ‘His eyes glittered with joyous tears, clouding over his ocean-like eyes.’
    • ‘The visibility of the water would have been clouded at the time of the incident had there been any swimmers, paddlers or waders in this area.’
    • ‘They should not be clouded by steam, frost, water droplets or tarnished by cracks or scratches.’
    make cloudy, make murky, dirty, darken, blacken
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    1. 2.1with object Make (a matter or mental process) unclear or uncertain; confuse.
      ‘don't allow your personal feelings to cloud your judgment’
      • ‘The clear sense of artistic vision has been clouded by the commercial vision of making a blockbuster.’
      • ‘The use of embryonic stem cells, however, is clouded by the ethical issues that surround the use of cells harvested from early human embryos.’
      • ‘Although he had not braked, his judgment would have been clouded and there did not seem to be a particular motive.’
      • ‘He shuffled over to her, kicking up mud and clouding the water.’
      • ‘Mind you, as I say, it's a while since I saw them… so my judgment may be clouded.’
      • ‘But please, please take a minute and consider whether your reasoning might be clouded by emotions.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, toxic waste, agricultural pesticides and heavy metals continue to cloud our water supply.’
      • ‘His judgement could have been clouded by the alcohol he had drunk and he may have been so overwhelmed with pain that he took extra tablets.’
      • ‘The whole issue continues to be clouded by half-truths and rumour, and that is only likely to get worse.’
      • ‘He admitted that his judgment had been clouded by drink.’
      • ‘Magistrates said the farming industry had been going through an exceptional period at the time and his judgement had been clouded.’
      • ‘The issue has been clouded by the general misrepresentation of some of these products.’
      • ‘Adding another flag to the top of your car doesn't make the team play any better, it just clouds your better judgement.’
      • ‘And unfortunately, everything was clouded by their judgment of his work because they did not like his political cause.’
      • ‘Yet there are numerous issues clouding its future.’
      • ‘The issue is further clouded by the plausible special pleading that the development industry has successfully propagated.’
      • ‘The future of the premises, just along the road from the council offices, has long been clouded in uncertainty.’
      • ‘Both sets of trials have been clouded in uncertainty due to a recent constitutional amendment which prohibits retrospective prosecution.’
      • ‘A part of his mind clouded over by shock and horror had taken control of his body and thoughts, driving him onward through a haze of pain and betrayal.’
      • ‘But he has not allowed his judgment to become clouded by a remarkably successful first seven months in Scotland.’
      • ‘The issue is further clouded by two other factors.’
      confuse, muddle
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    2. 2.2with object Spoil or mar (something)
      ‘the general election was clouded by violence’
      • ‘The only thing clouding the event was the threat of rain.’
      • ‘The incident clouds their enjoyment of the party, because her mother becomes quiet and distant.’
      • ‘As we all know, with work or anything else that we do, there must be disadvantages or hard times but for him those won't be clouding his time at the resort.’
      • ‘She demonstrates how this colossal structure of deceit clouds the historical record.’
      • ‘And their long-term investment plans are clouded by lack of detail on spending commitments for the final two years of the next Parliament.’
      • ‘If we have peace of mind, we can weather through the rough patches, but guilt, hatred or depression can cloud the brightest day.’
      • ‘But the joy of that tends to become clouded by the extreme sadness of another Christmas without my sister.’
      • ‘The marketing manager at the racecourse said it had still been a tremendous day despite the allegations clouding the sport.’
      • ‘But his rule was clouded by allegations of authoritarianism, corruption and a lack of scruples in dealing with his opponents.’
      • ‘The rows have clouded an otherwise optimistic mood after seven days of tough talking by ministers from 180 nations.’
      • ‘However, instead of clouding my love of James Cook, unpeeling the onion layers of George's life and his own discoveries added a vital new angle to the traditional Cook story.’
      • ‘If there is a pattern to his career, it could be one of high profile success, sometimes clouded by emotion.’
      ruin, wreck, destroy, upset, undo, mess up, make a mess of, dash, sabotage, scupper, scotch, torpedo, blast, vitiate
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  • 3no object (of someone's face or eyes) show worry, sorrow, or anger.

    ‘his expression clouded over’
    • ‘Her expression clouded over, something must have happened between the two of them.’
    • ‘Her green eyes widened and were clouded with confusion.’
    • ‘He stared directly into the lad's sapphire-blue eyes, which were now clouded with utter confusion.’
    • ‘Her face clouded over a bit as she thought about that.’
    • ‘One solitary tear slipped down his cheek, his golden eyes clouded with sorrow.’
    • ‘His features clouded over, however, when asked if he would vote for his former pupil today.’
    • ‘He stared at me for a moment before an arrogant expression clouded his eyes.’
    • ‘He laughs, then his face clouds over: ‘That's another reason I didn't make a good film for years.’’
    • ‘So she glared at him with utter distaste, her beautiful blue eyes clouded with anger.’
    • ‘Lucia looked at him, her eyes clouded and her face confused.’
    • ‘The brilliant, but cold green eyes clouded over dangerously as she quickly read the material.’
    • ‘His eyes clouded over in anger, as his own words were thrown back at him.’
    • ‘He looked at the three of us and his face clouded over.’
    • ‘His eyes clouded over, signaling that his next words were painful to him.’
    • ‘He looked at himself in the mirror, still brooding, eyes clouded over with anger and hatred.’
    • ‘The woman's face clouded over, and he immediately sensed a problem which was bad enough to make his stomach hurt.’
    • ‘In fact the only time his face clouds over is when his contract situation is raised.’
    • ‘Gregory's face clouded over with anger and he moved to the seat across from her and looked at her.’
    • ‘She disregarded it and rose on her own, her eyes clouded over in deep thought.’
    • ‘Her face clouded over in thought for a moment, and then brightened.’
    1. 3.1with object (of such an emotion such as worry, sorrow, or anger) show in (someone's face)
      ‘suspicion clouded her face’
      • ‘A look of uncertainty clouded his face, but it went away in a matter of seconds.’
      • ‘Emotion clouded his face as he hastily made his exit.’
      • ‘She smiled at the sorrow that clouded her face.’
      • ‘She peeked around the changing screen and couldn't see him, bewilderment clouding her face.’
      • ‘He glanced at someone and a grim expression passed over his face, clouding his clear gray eyes.’
      • ‘The anger and drunkenness that had clouded his face cleared and he looked at me mortified.’
      • ‘Confusion clouds his admittedly handsome features and it's obvious he has no idea what's going on.’
      • ‘But her brain soon caught up with her feelings, and she rounded on him, intense anger now clouding her face.’
      • ‘Jack helped her into a sitting position, but he could see the extreme pain that clouded her face.’
      • ‘Jade saw the sad expression that suddenly clouded her face.’
      • ‘The door swung open and Sue entered, a mix of shock and worry clouding her face.’
      • ‘When this became apparent to Tom, my heart sank at the look of confusion and panic that clouded his face.’
      • ‘A mixed flash of anger and fear and apprehension clouded his face.’
      • ‘He bit his lip, uncertainty clouding his face.’
      • ‘Alexander did leave this time, a mixture of anger, fear and anxiety clouding his clean-shaven face.’
      • ‘Embarrassment clouded his face as he rushed into the bathroom.’
      • ‘Anxiety clouded the Princess's sky blue eyes as she willed her hands to stop shaking.’
      • ‘Her original query came back to her as two sisters bustled passed them, concern clouding their faces.’
      • ‘He turned to her, concern quickly clouding his face.’
      • ‘Puzzlement clouded her face, the wonder of the encounter giving way to confusion.’


  • in the clouds

    • Out of touch with reality.

      ‘this clergyman was in the clouds’
      • ‘Well, we have a saying here that we have our heads in the clouds but our feet on the ground.’
      • ‘Usually a girl like me would be up in the clouds, in la la land or wherever the rainbows shone and the butterflies flew.’
      • ‘In fact, far from having their head in the clouds, folks spent a good deal of time with their feet firmly planted on the ground.’
      • ‘The Commissioner hasn't his head in the clouds about the perceived romantic side to organic production.’
      • ‘Our heads are either buried in the sand or lost in the clouds; or we are moving too fast to see a thing.’
      • ‘She blinked and shrugged, suddenly back in my room and not up in the clouds.’
      • ‘His mind was in the clouds but the body thought it was still in the thick of the gale.’
      • ‘Gail left then, feeling as though her head was in the clouds.’
      • ‘As much as she wanted to order her head to look at reality, it still seemed to want to walk around in the clouds sometimes.’
      • ‘The smell of the musty books filled my nose and I felt I was in the clouds as I heard his pronouncement.’
      • ‘He's either way up in the clouds or way down in the gutter.’
  • on cloud nine (or seven)

    • Extremely happy.

      • ‘But last Monday he woke to find his sight had miraculously returned, and he has been on cloud nine ever since.’
      • ‘Similarly, the other day someone in town recognised my name when I introduced myself, and said they'd heard my report on the radio that morning, which was nothing short of amazing and left me on cloud nine for most of the day.’
      • ‘Naturally, the airlines personnel are on cloud nine at receiving the honour.’
      • ‘The football club may still have an uncertain future, but fans were on cloud nine after a 3-1 win.’
      • ‘‘I was walking on cloud nine for days,’ she said.’
      • ‘She was on cloud nine when she came home that evening,’ says her father.’
      • ‘Now I knew why he was so happy upon my entering, he was on cloud nine, and was ecstatic to have someone to share it with.’
      • ‘To play for the school team at cricket and football put me on cloud nine.’
      • ‘‘I was on cloud nine when I heard I won and I'm still up there,’ he said.’
      • ‘And when it got an Oscar for visual effects, the team was on cloud nine.’
      ecstatic, rapturous, joyful, elated, blissful, joyous, beatific, euphoric, enraptured, in seventh heaven, transported, in transports, in raptures, beside oneself with happiness, beside oneself with joy, rhapsodic, ravished, enchanted, delighted, thrilled, overjoyed, very happy
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  • under a cloud

    • Under suspicion or discredited.

      ‘he left under something of a cloud, accused of misappropriating funds’
      • ‘Doesn't he realise that if he wins preselection this way his parliamentary career will be under a cloud before it even starts.’
      • ‘As he put it so aptly the other day, far too many local players departed under a cloud and in some cases that bad blood has never been resolved.’
      • ‘The celebrity left under a cloud, which was a great pity.’
      • ‘The fact that the whole industry is under a cloud of suspicion hasn't helped either.’
      • ‘These tribunals will live under a cloud as long as these questions linger.’
      • ‘Her colleague also left under a cloud after it was revealed she had never been licensed to practise in the UK.’
      • ‘He mixes easily with criminals, and suspicions abound that he was a bent copper who left under a cloud.’
      • ‘But he left New York under a cloud, embroiled in a scandal with a socialite who divorced then murdered her husband.’
      • ‘MPs were now under a cloud of suspicion, and the public could be forgiven for thinking the scandal involved them all.’
      • ‘He has been under a cloud following accusations of corruption against him by the bank's trade unions.’
      in disgrace, disgraced, discredited, shamed
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  • have one's head in the clouds

    • (of a person) be out of touch with reality; be daydreaming.

      • ‘The other inmates looked at him in wonder: What was this innocent redhead with his head in the clouds doing here?’
      • ‘He can't continue going around with his head in the clouds.’
      • ‘He spends too much time with his head in the clouds.’
      • ‘But they are labeled ‘slackers’ or ‘skylarkers,’ people with their head in the clouds and their belongings in their parents' basement.’
      • ‘Jane ignored him, ‘You're always wandering around with your head in the clouds, aren't you Peter?’
      • ‘Regardless, it doesn't matter really; I'm just a stupid insignificant girl with her head in the clouds.’
      • ‘You've been wandering around with your head in the clouds for almost a month, you look like you're sleepwalking most of the time.’
      • ‘She's a woman with her head in the clouds and her feet firmly planted on the ground.’
      • ‘Claudette gave an impatient sigh. ‘You spend too much time with your head in the clouds.’
      • ‘After all, a man with responsibilities can't walk around with his head in the clouds all the time.’
      engrossed, absorbed, rapt, immersed, deep, intent, engaged, wrapped up
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Old English clūd ‘mass of rock or earth’; probably related to clot. cloud (sense 1 of the noun) dates from Middle English.