a black mark against (one)

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a black mark against (one)

A long-lasting negative impact of a mistake that harms one's reputation. 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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a black mark against someone

something that someone has done that is disliked or disapproved of by other people.
The literal meaning of the phrase is a black cross or spot marked against the name of a person who has done something wrong.
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If a man of your age, holding certificates, has not got past a second officer's berth, there must be a black mark against him somewhere.
The latter had made great capital out of the forced resignation, but Daylight had grinned and silently gone his way, though registering a black mark against more than one club member who was destined to feel, in the days to come, the crushing weight of the Klondiker's financial paw.
Saxon registered another black mark against Oakland.
Had there been no black mark against you, I would have discharged you when I learned how you were robbing me.
This remark by the United Nations is a black mark against social media, at a time when the technology industry's reputation as an accelerator of false news, is already garnering support.
This can result in a black mark against the agency when it comes to a client audit.
And if I was an English buyer seeing the performances amid the uncertainty it would be a black mark against me signing him.
Jones said: "It's not a black mark against him but it will be if he does it again.
Whatever happens, that's another black mark against Randy and Tom's leadership of the club.
was a black mark against the best conference in the United States, a black mark that went out coast to coast in prime time.
She knows her name has a black mark against it now and she can't complain about that realistically.
ANOTHER FA Cup exit, another black mark against Alan Pardew's name and another fine old mess for the Toon boss and his directors.
Mind you, there is at least one black mark against him because 45 years ago, at the age of ten, I sat down in the school library one day and read for the first time Oaksey's matchless account of Mandarin's bridle-less triumph under Fred Winter in the 1962 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.
Another black mark against our revolving door prison system.