Are there any idioms or phrases to best replace the word stranger in the context of the following sentence:
There was no evidence against the accused. He appears to be a complete stranger to the victim’s entire narrative under oath
The word “stranger” is fine in context. If you wanted to be more literal, you could say — I think this is what you or whoever wrote that sentence means — “There was nothing in the victim’s testimony that identified the defendant as the guilty person.”
1.This sounds like it’s discussing a court case. If so, we generally say “the victim’s testimony” rather than “narrative”. Unless you’ve already used the word “testimony” and you’re trying to vary it up.
2.“Under oath”. I presume the intended meaning is “the victim’s narrative that was given under oath”. But as worded the sentence is awkward, and possibly ambiguous whether you mean that the victim’s story was given under oath or that the stranger is under oath.