black mark


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a black mark

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

An indication of censure or failure, as in If you refuse to work late, won't that be a black mark against you? This phrase alludes to a literal black mark, such as a cross, that was put next to a person's name, indicating that he or she had incurred a rebuke or penalty of some kind. [Mid-1800s]
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In consequence of this bad fashion, a man, who is too conscientious to misspend his days among the women, in learning the names of black marks, may never hear of the deeds of his fathers, nor feel a pride in striving to outdo them.
Margaret, you've got black marks again under your eyes.
The incident is expected to be a black mark on what has been Canada's best performance at a Winter Olympics with 28 medals won.
Melanie is a young woman living in England who noticed one day that she had a black mark under her thumb.
But it's the "Scarlet Letter" measure that's drawing the most scrutiny, with some critics warning that such a black mark on a student's transcript will affect the student's life and employment long after he or she leaves college.
The only black mark for the Merseysiders was the sending-off of John Stones in the 63rd minute.
Aleksandra Mitevska comments for Utrinski vesnik that eight months after the tumultuous events in and outside the Parliament and nearly half year since the achievement of the political agreement for recovering from the crisis, the Macedonian politics fails to find a definition for the events that left a black mark on the democratic processes and political communication in the country.
Asked if the desperation to avoid adding a black mark to his managerial record, which includes relegation with the Charlton side he inherited from Iain Dowie in December 2006, was an added motivation, Pardew said: "For everyone.
Norman further said that disrespect of the rules are a black mark on a player and indicates his lack of respect for the game's integrity, adding that being a World No.
Each time a black mark is made with the felt-tipped pen, it automatically sounds a beep, and an LCD displays the counts.
However, a black mark for the MV Balmoral which failed to appear for its advertised and pre-booked river cruise.
Recent American acts in the middle east are skirting the Geneva Conventions and even inducing the torture of prisoners--a black mark on the country that used to be the champion of the United Nations.
uk said that was unfair as any missed payments to the student loan company would show up as a black mark, but details on people who have made all their payments would not be included.
Going up to Communion, I couldn't help but note the black mark on every person's forehead.
Now Ben will be left with a nasty black mark for ever.