a blot on (one's) 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.
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a blot on your escutcheon


a blot on the escutcheon

If there is a blot on your escutcheon, you have damaged your reputation by doing something wrong. For the leaders, this is probably a blip rather than a blot on the escutcheon. Note: An escutcheon is a shield, especially a heraldic shield displaying a coat of arms.
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a blot on (one's) escutcheon

Dishonor to one's reputation.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on
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``None of these less than entirely happy experiences by American conductors in Britain signals some terrible blot on their escutcheons. Mr Slatkin will continue with the National Symphony.