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.
See also: black, mark

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.
See also: black, mark, someone
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The Care Council for Wales hearing, held in Cardiff this week, allowed her to continue studying but placed a black mark against her record for three years.
This might have been a black mark against her if he thought you two were too close for him to be comfortable about it.
Now they are threatening to sue my daughter for pounds 15.20 and I am scared that she will have a black mark against her credit rating.