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marked man

A person who is targeted for harm or retaliation of some kind. After Ed alerted the authorities about the corruption that took place within the company, he became a marked man.
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*marked man

Fig. to be someone, usually a male, who is in danger from harm by someone else. (*Typically: be ~; live like ~.) Bob's a marked man. His parents found out that he's skipping school. Fred's a marked man, too. Jack is looking for him to get his money back.
See also: man, marked

marked man, a

Also, marked woman. A person singled out as an object of suspicion, hostility, or vengeance. For example, As a witness to the robbery, he felt he was a marked man, or After her fiasco at the meeting, she was a marked woman-no one would hire her. This idiom was first recorded in 1833.
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a marked ˈman

a man who is in danger of being killed by his enemies: When they discovered he was a spy, he became a marked man.
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10) The tree marks her as one of out of Eden, yet the tree also connects her to her mother, marked with a cross, and the group of African slaves who were all marked in that way.
Daniel Hatzenbuehler, officers and directors of Marked Tree Bank, will serve as directors of First Community Bank after the merger.
The transaction is structured as a tax free reorganization whereby Marked Tree Bancshares stockholders will receive Pocahontas Bancorp common stock based on the stated book value per share of Marked Tree Bancshares divided by the stated book value per share of Pocahontas Bancorp, calculated as of the last calendar quarter end prior to closing.
Calendered fabric and calendered wire are marked in similar fashion.
Clogging occurred frequently and was amplified by elevated temperature of the extrusion being marked.
Jesus is claimed by God, marked by the Spirit, and propelled into a ministry that leads inexorably to his death.
Why are the lives of some marked by tragedy, while others seem to have a life of ease?
We are also formulating a backup plan for those instances--we hope rare--where our parts are received without proper markings so that we can get the parts marked correctly and feed our manufacturing/assembly operations.
The players immediately turn and run (10 yards West) and touch the line marked "A" with their foot.
The runners then turn and run (15 yards East) through the finish line marked "D".
6) On one level, Johnson uses marks, marksmen, and marked men as tropes for racism, and on another level racism becomes a trope for larger marks of the human condition.
Rutherford Calhoun, the hero of Middle Passage, is also a marked man.
The August-October period was marked by serious strains in European exchange rate relationships and shifting market views about the outlook for interest rates in the major countries.
A cross section of sample parts that were marked based upon a range of criteria, including different materials, paint, locations, and environment.
The taxpayer must attach to the Form 3115 a statement describing all items that were marked to market and that will no longer be marked to market.