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
Jones said: "It's not a black mark against him
but it will be if he does it again.
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.
He has been fantastic but it's a black mark against him
. It spoils his season." Vaughan suffered a similarly infuriating red card 12 months ago which meant he missed the Robins' title celebrations.
The boy's mother said her son hoped to become a garda and feared the charges would stand as a "black mark against him
Liberman was beaten in his previous race, but as he went down by only a length when trying to concede weight to none other than Rhinestone Cowboy, it was hardly a black mark against him
. He looks a sure-fire debut winner.
"But that was a silly sending off against Liverpool and maybe there's a black mark against him
now, who knows.
"The case is a black mark against him
all his days.
Almost inevitably, Gazza's night out has fuelled speculation that Kevin Keegan will put a black mark against him
so far as an England comeback is concerned.