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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
But that was a silly sending off against Liverpool and maybe there's a black mark against him now, who knows.
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.