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a blot on the 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 the escutcheon for years to come.
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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.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

a blot on your escutcheon

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a blot on the escutcheon

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
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 the escutcheon

something that tarnishes your reputation.
An escutcheon was a family's heraldic shield, and so also a record and symbol of its honour.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

a blot on (one's) escutcheon

Dishonor to one's reputation.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

a blot on the escutcheon

bringing dishonor or shame to oneself and one's family. “Escutcheon” is the heraldic term for the shield on which a family's coat of arms is painted. One with a blot, in the sense of blemish, would look as though there were something wrong, which is what The phrase is meant to convey. When Uncle Fred was hauled off to jail for embezzlement, he not only disgraced himself, he brought shame to his wife, his children, and any living parents. His crime was thus a metaphorical blot on the family escutcheon.
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You probably remember the handle escutcheon shrinking tightly up to the handle and turning with the handle, thereby tearing the trim.
If you're building your own home, one advantage would be to know your architraves from your escutcheons.
The costumes suggested the fifteenth century with heraldic-looking escutcheons on the armor and flags with fleurs-de-lis and dragons hanging in the king's bedroom.
In the end, as Amstrong records, 'no further action was taken, and the escutcheons, unobtrusive and unnoticed, remain as interesting little mementos of the first Governors of the Institution.
The development of officially registered Jewish escutcheons gained new force after the fourteenth century in northwestern European cities, when openly Jewish descendants of Iberian New Christians clung to these emblems even after disavowing ties with the religion imposed on their forefathers.
William Lawlor, the local painter/decorator, was perhaps already at work on the eight funeral escutcheons to be attached to the pall, and on a hatchment for John Parr.
These locks combine innovatively designed escutcheons with a variety of configurations to activate the lock.
This lavatory unit has a square-angled gooseneck spout and comes with cross or lever handles on cylindrical bonnets and curved escutcheons.
The first labels came into use circa 1735 and were like escutcheons or cartouches in shape, being made from a series of symmetrical scrolls, slightly shaped to hang comfortably against the bottle.
But by some mistake only the designs for the right-hand doors had been cast and the escutcheons, all rights, had just been placed on all the doors of the chamber He was greatly displeased and said that all the offending escutcheons would have to be taken off and the lefts he had designed cast and put in their place.
It will be offered with choices of black, white, almond and stainless-steel escutcheons and doors; two door configurations, and the option to install full-length custom doors.
Enraged parishioners attacked neighborhood churches, seeking to destroy secret, legitimating symbols of the hated clerical levies they discerned in the personal escutcheons the new bishop had ordered to be affixed over the doors of each sanctuary in his diocese.
The automotive industry often does this with letters, escutcheons and decorative trim.