a blot on escutcheon

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a blot on (one's) escutcheon

A stain or mark against one's reputation or that of one's family. An escutcheon was a heraldic shield that bore a family's coat of arms, and thus serves as a metaphor for one's honor. I was at the top of my class in college, but that narcotics charge will be a blot on my escutcheon for years to come. That councilor accepted bribes to allow unregulated development projects to go ahead? Wow, talk about a blot on her escutcheon. He came from a very noble family, but his lascivious lifestyle ended up being a blot on his escutcheon later in his life.
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a blot on (one's) escutcheon

Dishonor to one's reputation.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Now it might have been supposed that a Circle -- proud of his ancestry and regardful for a posterity which might possibly issue hereafter in a Chief Circle -- would be more careful than any other to choose a wife who had no blot on her escutcheon. But it is not so.