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a black mark

A long-lasting negative impact of a mistake. 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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black mark

An indication of censure or failure, as in If you refuse to work late, won't that be a black mark against you? This phrase alludes to a literal black mark, such as a cross, that was put next to a person's name, indicating that he or she had incurred a rebuke or penalty of some kind. [Mid-1800s]
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a black mark

COMMON If you get a black mark, people form a bad opinion of you as a result of something that you have done. Any complaints to the boss and you got a black mark straight away. I drive a big car so that's another black mark against me as far as Amy is concerned. Note: This expression may refer to a practice in schools in the past. If children behaved badly, the teacher put black marks against their names on a list.
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a black ˈmark (against somebody)

(British English) something that somebody has done which makes other people dislike or disapprove of them: It was another black mark against her that she had not gone to the last meeting. OPPOSITE: brownie points
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At last a black mark was found upon our door, and a great panic ensued, for we felt that now our time had come.
As to your practice, if a gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted his stethoscope, I must be dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce him to be an active member of the medical profession.
QWE have a light oak front door and, despite being treated with exterior varnish, the wet has got into the wood and caused black marks.
you'd need a darker stain that would look like oak - but even that won't hide the black marks.
The stances taken during these moments will be marks of honor or black marks that a government will carry forever.
WHAT'S the best way of removing the black marks on the silicon around the bath and shower?
Head yellow with upper part of occiput, frons centrally, and vertex black, mesosoma (Figure 3) yellow, mesoscutum with three longitudinal black stripes joining with the hind margin; scutellum yellow, posteriorlly black marked; mesopleuron with a diagonal black band; sternauli black marked; propodeum (Figure 4) with black marks anteriorly and centrally; metasoma with tergite I centrally pale, proximally and distally blackish, the other tergites are yellowish brown, dorsally blackish.
Dhanorkar was arrested here today for physically abusing her 10-year-old maid, but the former's lawyer said the black marks and swelling on the child's face were created by bee stings and the burn scars on her forearms were caused by boiling water falling on her.
Both copper sulfide and silver sulfide can form black marks on the skin.
In a painting on three sheets of paper (all works Untitled, 2004), broad, improvised black marks alternate with red areas surrounding a central figure, painted in liquid gold, on which the drawing of a heart is visible.
I know - but cannot prove - that I haven't failed to keep any medical appointment anywhere so that's four black marks against me which I haven't earned but cannot get expunged.
GIRLS are top of the class and boys are getting black marks.
says his firm's newer concentrates allow for much higher contrast of pure black marks on a white substrate and pure white marks on a black substrate.
The charcoal leaves black marks when rubbed on paper, says Walter L.