give a black eye to (someone or something)

give a black eye to (someone or something)

To make someone or something look bad; to damage one's reputation. That food critic's negative review really gave a black eye to my restaurant.
See also: black, eye, give
References in classic literature ?
They all drew to the fire, Mother in the big chair with Beth at her feet, Meg and Amy perched on either arm of the chair, and Jo leaning on the back, where no one would see any sign of emotion if the letter should happen to be touching.