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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.
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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

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.
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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 (one's) escutcheon

Dishonor to one's reputation.
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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.
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Medium-sized, gibbous shell; dorsal and ventral margins subparallel; ventral margin broadly convex; anterior and posterior margins subequally convex; beaks located one-third length posterior to anterior margin, incurred, prosogyrate; lunule and escutcheon not visible; broad, shallow sulcus extending from umbonal area to ventral margin posterior to midlength; surface with numerous closely-spaced, comarginal ridges with two to four finer ridges between coarser ridges; internal features not observed.
Both of these carved slabs differ in important ways from the escutcheon commonly listed for the Castello family of England, notably in the absence of a lion icon.
Handle knobs, and escutcheons are examples of decorative functional parts, and the use of laminates in electrical equipment and molded phenolic distributor vases are examples of purely functional parts.
She sees the visible evidence of the Elphberg "strain" in Rudolf Rassendyll as an indicator of his "natural" tendency toward shiftlessness and the kind of (implied) loose morality that caused a blot on the family escutcheon in the first place.
Both collections include a coordinating soap dispenser and optimal escutcheon.
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In continuing his story beyond arrival in the North, Craft is clearly both highly cognizant of his audience's nationality and ingratiating toward them: toward the end of his narrative he asks God to bless American abolitionists who are working "to cleanse their country's escutcheon from the foul and destructive blot of slavery" and hopes that "may God ever smile upon England and upon England's good, much-beloved, deservedly-honoured Queen, for the generous protection that is given to unfortunate refugees of every rank, and of every color and clime.
before these can come American slavery must be crushed, and its foul stain wiped from the Nation[']s escutcheon.
Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congress, stated that the seal's escutcheon has the same colors and meaning as those of the flag.
Basal half of vertex, margins and area between lateral carina of pronotum (except oblong area dark brown markings), area of inner omia and escutcheon dirty yellowish white.
He has no popular mandate and continues to blot the Palestinian escutcheon, staining the only democracy in the Middle East (Israel being altogether something else: an ethnocracy).
The next blot on the escutcheon was Cosima's attempt, in 1914, to have her daughter Isolde declared no child of Wagner's in order to prevent Isolde's son Franz Biehler from threatening the Bayreuth succession she intended for her homosexual son Siegfried.
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But when it comes to matters of taxation, trade and investment many on the left seem to retreat behind the same escutcheon of `national sovereignty' that (as Craig Emerson notes in his chapter in Labor Essays) has been wielded by those on the right to defend laws discriminating against homosexuals or racial minorities, the willingness of State governments to allow the despoliation of the environment, or the harsh treatment of refugees.