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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It all went wrong with Blackpool winning 1-0 at St Andrews and McLeish said: "That result is a black mark against us.
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.