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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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.
"Whatever the outcome of the case, there will always be a black mark against them."
But the prize-giving episode, complete with grovelling apology to Princess Anne, was a black mark against them. Of course Matt Dawson and company did not want to go back out on to Murrayfield after such a shattering loss to be crowned champions at a time when they felt anything but.
If one or two militants refuse to sign the deals, worth up to pounds 50,000 for six months, they could start the 2000 season with a black mark against them.
The victory was comfortable enough in the end but the fact that they didn't clock up a bonus point at home to a team that began the evening second from bottom in the table was a black mark against them.