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."
Guardiola has turned City into one of the best ever English sides and they look set to dominate on home soil for some time, but their lack of success in Europe remains a black mark against them.
The single black mark against Saints so far was an 18-10 loss against tomorrow's opponents at Stade Gilbert Brutus three weeks ago.
"If there's one black mark against this week's training it's the lack of players.
Well, you could get a black mark against your name and a negative entry in your credit rating.
"I don't count Ross County as a black mark against me.
"It wouldn't be a black mark against them." She said she doesn't think either the Tulsa or Oklahoma City offices have been adversely affected.
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."
Jones said: "It's not a black mark against him but it will be if he does it again.
This Budget is another black mark against Mr Osborne.
Whatever happens, that's another black mark against Randy and Tom's leadership of the club.