mark (one) for life

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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!
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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.
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Mark Bester, of Marked for Life tattoo studio on Stockton high street, said the idea came in response to requests from customers.
Marked for Life sits in listed building Winpenny House on Stockton high street.
THREE bored white youths drive into a ghetto area of Washington DC in 1972 and spark a racial incident that leaves one dead and one badly injured and marked for life.
DVD Extras: Secrets And Stories featurette, Marked For Life featurette.
Firstly that there is little point in getting well and making a success of your life as Fran has done - she has five good A levels and is completing a degree in neuroscience - because once you have mental health problems you are marked for life.
And we might be surprised to see Some lovely wife Smooth-visaged, while a seeming prude Was marked for life.
You can decide for yourself whether such a man deserved to be marked for life, let alone murdered.
MARKED FOR LIFE: PC John Nicholson about to postcode Stan Reynolds's mobile.
Anyone who saw Margot Fonteyn dance Aurora in New York in 1949 in Sir Frederick Ashton's Sleeping Beauty was marked for life by the charm of her performance and the magical quality of English style--Ashton's expressive molding of Russian technique.
Organiser Mark Bester, who runs the Marked for Life tattoo studio in Eaglescliffe, said: "The support from everyone was fantastic.
He said: "The first emotion I have is one of anger that you left this young woman marked for life and I do not believe your claim that you didn't know you had a glass in your hand."
Mark, 38, owns Marked for Life in Eaglescliffe, which was one of the shops damaged when a huge fire ripped through the parade of shops on Durham Lane in May.
I'm marked for life. The bites were extremely painful."