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a blot on the escutcheon

A stain or mark against one's reputation or that of one's family. An escutcheon was a heraldic shield that bore a family's coat of arms, and thus serves as a metaphor for one's honor. I was at the top of my class in college, but that narcotics charge will be a blot on the escutcheon for years to come.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

a blot on (one's) escutcheon

A stain or mark against one's reputation or that of one's family. An escutcheon was a heraldic shield that bore a family's coat of arms, and thus serves as a metaphor for one's honor. I was at the top of my class in college, but that narcotics charge will be a blot on my escutcheon for years to come.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

blot (one's) copy book

To tarnish, damage, or ruin one's reputation by behaving badly or committing some mistake or social transgression. Refers to a child's copy book, the blotting (staining with ink) of which ruins one's work. Primarily heard in UK. The local councilor blotted his copy book when it came to light that he had accepted bribes to allow unregulated development projects to go ahead. I really blotted my copy book when I spilled my drink on the visiting dignitary last night.
See also: blot, book, copy

a blot on the landscape

Something that is considered unattractive that covers up or otherwise takes away from the value of something attractive. Although many people say that they want clean energy, they argue that miles of turbines on wind farms are a blot on the landscape.
See also: blot, landscape, on

blot out

1. To cover something so that it cannot be seen or read. Be sure to blot out all the other names on this list before you put it in the employee's file.
2. To prevent something from being noticeable or entering one's awareness. Your curtains aren't opaque enough to blot out all of the sunlight.
3. To avoid thinking about something, often because it is stressful or traumatic. Many trauma victims try to blot out the horrific things that have happened to them.
4. To kill someone. Ray blotted out the informant, just as the boss told him to.
5. To completely destroy something. This illness threatens to blot out an entire generation. The fire blotted out all of our belongings.
See also: blot, out

blot on the landscape

Fig. a sight that spoils the look of a place. That monstrosity you call a house is a blot on the landscape. You should have hired a real architect!
See also: blot, landscape, on

blot someone or something out

Fig. to forget someone or something by covering up memories or by trying to forget. I try to blot those bad thoughts out. I tried to blot out those unhappy days.
See also: blot, out

blot someone out

Sl. to kill someone. (Originally underworld slang.) Sorry, chum, we got orders to blot you out. The gang blotted out the only living witness before the trial.
See also: blot, out

blot something out

to make something invisible by covering it. (See also blot someone or something out.) Don't blot the name out on the application form. Who blotted out the name on this form?
See also: blot, out

blot out

Obliterate, wipe out of existence or memory, as in At least one Indian nation was blotted out as the pioneers moved west, or The trauma of the accident blotted out all her memory of recent events. This idiom, first recorded in 1516, uses the verb to blot in the sense of making something illegible by spotting or staining it with ink. The New Testament has it (Acts 3:19): "Repent ye ... that your sins may be blotted out."
See also: blot, out

a blot on the landscape

If a building or other structure is a blot on the landscape, it is very ugly and spoils a place which is otherwise attractive. The power station is both a blot on the landscape and a smear on the environment. Urban cemeteries, it seems to me, are blots on the landscape.
See also: blot, landscape, on

a blot on your escutcheon

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a blot on the escutcheon

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If there is a blot on your escutcheon, you have damaged your reputation by doing something wrong. For the leaders, this is probably a blip rather than a blot on the escutcheon. Note: An escutcheon is a shield, especially a heraldic shield displaying a coat of arms.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

blot your copybook

BRITISH
If you blot your copybook, you damage your reputation by doing something wrong. Their relationship had been so perfect. Until he'd blotted his copybook with Susan, that is. Note: You can also say that there is a blot on your copybook. In fact, just about the only blot on his copybook so far was a missed penalty against Arsenal 10 days ago. Note: In the past, schoolchildren had `copybooks'. These were books of examples of handwriting, with spaces for the children to copy it.
See also: blot, copybook

blot your copybook

tarnish your good reputation. British
A copybook was an exercise book with examples of handwriting for children to copy as they practised their own writing.
See also: blot, copybook

a blot on the escutcheon

something that tarnishes your reputation.
An escutcheon was a family's heraldic shield, and so also a record and symbol of its honour.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

a blot on the landscape

something ugly that spoils the appearance of a place; an eyesore.
1962 Listener Charabancs and monstrous hordes of hikers are blots upon the landscape.
See also: blot, landscape, on

blot your ˈcopybook

(old-fashioned, informal) spoil a previously good record: He paid back the money he had stolen, but he had blotted his copybook and couldn’t hope for promotion.A copybook was an exercise book with printed examples of good writing for children to copy. If you blotted it, you accidentally spoiled it by making a mark with ink on it.
See also: blot, copybook

a blot on the ˈlandscape

a thing, especially an ugly building, that spoils the appearance of a place: That power station is rather a blot on the landscape.
See also: blot, landscape, on

blot someone out

tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) They blotted out the witness before the trial.
See also: blot, out

a blot on (one's) escutcheon

Dishonor to one's reputation.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

a blot on the escutcheon

bringing dishonor or shame to oneself and one's family. “Escutcheon” is the heraldic term for the shield on which a family's coat of arms is painted. One with a blot, in the sense of blemish, would look as though there were something wrong, which is what The phrase is meant to convey. When Uncle Fred was hauled off to jail for embezzlement, he not only disgraced himself, he brought shame to his wife, his children, and any living parents. His crime was thus a metaphorical blot on the family escutcheon.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on
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For all protocols, the blotted uterine weights appeared to show less inter-laboratory and intragroup variability than uterine wet weight.
Nevertheless, the wet weight and blotted weights were generally consistent in achieving statistical significance.
In the first case involving NP in protocol B, the mean control blotted uterine weight in laboratory 6 was 58.
First, in this case, the control blotted uterine weight mean in laboratory 20 was 54.
Blotted weights showed statistical significance at slightly lower EE concentrations than did the wet uterine weights.
In protocol A, 8 of the 16 laboratories produced blotted uterine weight responses that were statistically consistent at all doses evaluated.
Seven laboratories achieved statistically significant increases at identical doses for the wet uterine weight, and six achieved statistically significant increases in blotted uterine weight.
For the 12 laboratories carrying out protocol B, the range of increased blotted uterine weights over controls was 326-588% for the 1.
These analyses revealed that a) within-group variability in response was consistently less for blotted weights than for wet weights; b) protocol A tended to show more within-group variability in both the wet and blotted measures of uterine weights, which was not unexpected given the oral route of administration; and c) the adult OVX subcutaneous protocols (C and C') have slightly lower CVs than the immature animal subcutaneous protocol (B).
Yet despite these differences in body weights, generally similar relative increases in both wet and blotted uterine weight were observed at the various laboratories for all of the protocols.
In the ZM antagonism dose groups, most laboratories found blotted uterine weight decreases in the ZM/EE combination groups that were statistically consistent, with the magnitude of the reduction similar across all laboratories.
Both the wet and blotted uterine weight end points were sensitive in all protocols.