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 ?
Had there been no black mark against you, I would have discharged you when I learned how you were robbing me.
Girls are seriously protective of their brothers and there's a black mark against you because she knows about your reputation as a heartbreaker.
There are a lot of young players here who have maybe never been through this before but that's what football is about and the you have got to be able to cope with coming to places like Spotland in this game, and if you can't, it's a black mark against you and we were found wanting out there.
A spokeswoman for Dun & Bradstreet which publishes the Gazette said: "It's like a black mark against you and it goes on your record for seven years.