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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 (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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The development of officially registered Jewish escutcheons gained new force after the fourteenth century in northwestern European cities, when openly Jewish descendants of Iberian New Christians clung to these emblems even after disavowing ties with the religion imposed on their forefathers.
Their wide flanged clamping escutcheons spread the load on delicate skinned panels while ensuring a high degree of sealing to IP65.
The Sea Service musket, the same nominal 77 caliber with a shorter 37" barrel, was also a simpler and less expensive musket in most regards, having a folded sheet brass buttplate, no entry pipe for the rammer, no nosecap, a simplified triggerguard and no stock escutcheons.
Left: bronze escutcheons designed by Rodolphe Christesen, c.
Created by award-winning German design studio Artefakt, the line includes faucets, valves and escutcheons for bidets, baths and showers.
Lindquist describes how painters to the Dukes of Burgundy were often rewarded as much, or more, for personal loyalty to the duke than for their artistic skills, and became closest and most useful members of the court through their management roles in large collaborative projects, including such "low arts" as design for pennants, banners, harnesses, and escutcheons, a position also noted by Elsig for artists in Savoy (61).
Built from oak that was aged in Shakespeare's time (perhaps the young tree sheltered Dafydd ap Gwilym on his wanderings), coloured with brick dust, panelled on every side, it has huge, hand-wrought iron hinges, two drawers with swan-neck handles, escutcheons and secret compartments.
None of these less than entirely happy experiences by American conductors in Britain signals some terrible blot on their escutcheons.
Enraged parishioners attacked neighborhood churches, seeking to destroy secret, legitimating symbols of the hated clerical levies they discerned in the personal escutcheons the new bishop had ordered to be affixed over the doors of each sanctuary in his diocese.
GM, meanwhile, is using the material from scrap pop bottles for headliner cores, door handle escutcheons, window sashes, roof-rack rails, and window guides.
Anchor Harvey manufactures forged brass handles, knobs, lever arms, latch bolts, pulls, plates and escutcheons.
The stocks are of nicely checkered maple, and details-barrel key escutcheons and fore-end caps-are of German silver.
Brown found it difficult to locate high-quality grip medallions, escutcheons and screws.
These,a helpful Warden explains,belong to those who blotted their escutcheons and were stripped of their honours.
Door handles and their escutcheons, running boards, front wheel spats, rear-view mirror caps, lower body moldings, and the rear bumper all receive the attractive monochromatic treatment.