mark for life

mark (one) for life

To greatly affect, alter, or impair one's memory or psyche for the rest of one's life. Often used in passive constructions. Seeing her parents die in such a terrible manner marked the poor girl for life. I hope such a traumatic event like that won't mark him for life!
See also: for, life, mark
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

mark someone for life

Fig. to affect someone for life. The tragedy marked her for life and she was never the same. She was marked for life by her brother's untimely death.
See also: for, life, mark
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Instead of having to read a brochure and transfer that to your body, you can just throw this T-shirt on," said Stacie Linsky, 28, who launched Mark for Life with business partner Elaine Banks, 43.