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.
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It all went wrong with Blackpool winning 1-0 at St Andrews and McLeish said: "That result is a black mark against us. We take it on the chin.
"That result, it's a black mark against us. We take it on the chin.
"I was disappointed with our marking for the goal but that was the only black mark against us on the night.
That alone was a black mark against us straight away.