a black mark beside (one's) name

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a black mark beside (one's) name

A long-lasting negative impact of a mistake. Jerry's speeding ticket was a black mark beside his name that prevented him from getting a job as a delivery man.
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*black mark beside one's name

Fig. something negative associated with a person. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) I did it again! Now I've got still another black mark beside my name!
See also: beside, black, mark, name