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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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.
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.