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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.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

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.
See also: blot, escutcheon, on

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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Then, carried by a bearer party of his 20th Regiment, Parr's body, covered by a black velvet pall, which held eight escutcheons. Eight pallbearers supported the pall, and they were followed by his family, his friends and his servants.
The escutcheons as they were, all rights, said the present writer, showed the buffaloes going in Indian file, as their habit was when they went from a grazing ground to the nearest drinking 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.
Arguably, such intrusions (as on the topography of Bardsey island, the references to Didymus of Alexandria and Sedulius, or on onomastics, etymologies, and details of twelfth-century escutcheons) remind the reader of the inter-connectedness of the sub-disciplines that go into a full appreciation of medieval literature, but equally arguably they are a parade of the author's learning and previously published scholarship.
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.
Carmean - had called attention, in footnotes and asides, to the precedent of this format in the escutcheons for the deceased in Dutch churches, not to mention Dutch tiles and stained glass.
This is the Breaker Morant gambit, employed without notable success by British army commanders seeking to remove atrocious bloodstains of the Boer War from their escutcheons with the solvent of Australian blood.
24 pieces of new parts for the creation of a model for base profiles, pilaster bases, plaster capitals, girths, eaves, escutcheons, leaf rods, palmette friezes, 24 pieces mold and model for base profiles, pilaster bases, girths and cornices, rosettes and leaf bars, 105 pieces of casts for New parts
Grips are checkered walnut, decorated with gold Colt escutcheons--the only departure from the wartime pistol, which had silver escutcheons. This has been done purposely so that one can tell at a glance that they're encountering one of the new 1903 incarnations.
With a little extra time involved divided between aesthetics and strength, I installed bilateral escutcheons to help support the sleeves.
But to the good, the original version can be detail-stripped and reassembled without any tools--except for the semi-permanent ejector pin and grip escutcheons. Damaged parts can usually be replaced without hand fitting.
Not much has been written about grip escutcheons (bushings) and screws on the 1911 and other pistols, but they can be a source of considerable irritation.
Their wide flanged clamping escutcheons spread the load on delicate skinned panels while ensuring a high degree of sealing to IP65.