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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!
mark (someone or something) as (something)
1. To place a mark on someone or something to signify their or its state or condition. It's a tedious task, but you'll have to use these stickers to manually mark each item as new, used, or unknown. The bouncer marked us as "Legal" with a big rubber stamp after checking our IDs.
2. To place a mark next to someone's or something's name on a list to indicate a particular status. Go through the guest list and mark each person as either present or absent.
3. To serve as an indication or piece of evidence that someone or something is a particular type of person or thing. Your outdoorsy clothing and massive backpack marked you as a tourist before you even opened your mouth.
4. To come to the conclusion that someone or something is a particular type of person or thing. I had always marked him as a bit of a doofus, but it turns out he's smarter than he looks.
mark (someone or something) down as (something)
1. To place a mark next to someone's name on a list to indicate a particular status. (In each of these usages, "down" is sometimes used directly after "mark.") Go through the guest list and mark down each person as either present or absent. I marked over 20 items down as missing from the inventory, so I felt pretty certain someone had been stealing from the warehouse.
2. To serve as an indication or piece of evidence that someone or something is a particular type of person or thing. Your outdoorsy clothing and massive backpack marked you down as a tourist before you even opened your mouth. The overwhelmingly positive reviews mark this place as one of the must-see spots in the city.
3. To come to the conclusion that someone or something is a particular type of person or thing. I had always marked him down as a bit of a doofus, but it turns out he's smarter than he looks. The oppressive government marks down dissenting opinions as political agitation.
mark (someone or something) with (something)
1. To make one or more marks on someone or something with a particular material. I've marked all your papers with red ink so that you can see my corrections clearly. The priest marked the celebrants with ash on their foreheads.
2. To place a specific number, letter, or other symbol on someone or something to indicate a particular meaning. The bouncer marked everyone's hands with a large X if they were underage. Mark the crates with a 1 if they are being delivered to Texas, and mark them with a 2 if they are being delivered to New York.
mark (something) in (something)
To make one or more marks on something in a particular medium or material. I've marked all your papers in red ink so that you can see my corrections clearly.
mark (something) with a white stone
obsolete To consider or indicate that something is very favorable, fortunate, or pleasurable. Usually used in passive constructions. Those are days that shall forever be marked with a white stone in my mind.
1. verb To record or make a note of something, typically by making a mark of some kind with a writing utensil or digitally. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "down." Did you mark down my score for that last round? Sure, mark me down for a $20 donation.
2. verb To reduce the price of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "down." Would you be willing to mark it down a little? I'm trying to stick to a budget. Those bananas have all been marked down because they're starting to turn brown.
3. verb To subtract points from an overall score due to an incorrect answer, poor performance, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "down." The gymnast is definitely going to see her score marked down for several small infractions. I would have had a perfect score, but the teacher marked it down for a few spelling mistakes.
4. noun A discount, or a discounted item. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated or written as one word. I always go to the sale rack in the back to take a look at the markdowns. Do they ever offer any mark-downs, or are their prices always the same?
1. To put a mark of some kind by a name or thing on a list as an indication of something (e.g., completion of a task, attendance of something, etc.). A noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "off." Please mark off each item on the list if you see it in the warehouse. I'll mark you off when I am satisfied you've done the assignment as I requested.
2. To lower the score or grade of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "off." The professor marked me off because I didn't show all of my work. While we really like the internal specs of the phone, we have to mark it off because of the cheap-feeling plastic they used in its body.
3. To establish the perimeter or boundary of some area with a visual marker. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "off." We'll need to mark off the plots of grass that have already been sprayed with weed-killer. The police marked the crime scene off with yellow tape.
4. To establish or indicate that one person, thing, or group is different or separate from others. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "off." The ability to navigate current technologies with such comfort and proficiency marks off these young people from their parents' generation. The premium build quality really marks this phone off from its competitors.
1. To draw, establish, or otherwise indicate the boundary of some region or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "out." We went through with the architect and marked out exactly where our property ended and the neighbors' property began. Please mark out the area you intend to excavate.
2. To indicate something visually (on something else). Let me take a pen and mark the route out on this map for you. The surgeon marked out where the incisions needed to be made with a thick black marker.
3. To cross out, obscure, or destroy something with a mark of some kind. The bouncer marked out the name of each guest as they arrived. Someone took a black felt pen and marked the barcodes out of every book in the library.
4. To indicate, identify, or distinguish someone or something as particular type of person or thing. Usually followed by "as." The way I dressed and the music I listened to had always marked me out as a weirdo and an outcast as a kid. The amount of money the film has made marks it as one of the most financially successful in history.
To idly wait; to do nothing except observe the passage of time. I wish we had something to do, but we just have to mark time until this thing is published and we get some reviews.
1. To make markings on something, often in a way that defaces it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "up." It looks like a child got their hands on these legal documents and marked them up with crayon. We'll have to reprint them. Unfortunately my new white shoes got marked up when I wore them on that walk that turned into a hike.
2. To write on or make informative markings on a document. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "up." I like to mark up my students' papers with a lot of comments in the margins so that they understand the grade I gave them. Please go through the document and mark it up with any suggestions you have.
3. To increase the price of something, especially in the process of setting the initial price, as a way to ensure that a profit is made from its sale. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mark" and "up." Movie theaters mark up the price of popcorn and candy really high because those are their main money-makers. I expect the store to mark the price up after the holiday sale, so we might as well buy it now.
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.
X marks the spot
This sign or mark (not necessarily an X) indicates the specific or exact location (of something). I drew an elaborate treasure map for my daughter's birthday, with X marking the spot where I've hidden her presents. If you look at this financial chart, X marks the spot across all of them where the company began to seriously falter.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
mark someone down
[for a teacher] to give someone a low score. He'll mark you down for misspelled words. I marked down Tom for bad spelling.
mark someone or something offand mark someone or something out
to cross off the name of someone or something. They were late, so I marked them off. I marked off the late people. Could you mark that title out? It has been discontinued.
mark something down
1. Lit. to write something down on paper. She marked the number down on the paper. She marked down the number.
2. Fig. to reduce the price of something. We are going to mark all this merchandise down next Monday. We marked down the merchandise.
mark something up
1. to mess something up with marks. Don't mark up your book! Who marked this book up?
2. to grade a paper and make lots of informative marks and comments on it. The teacher really marked up my term paper. Why did you mark my test up so much? I hardly made any errors.
3. to raise the price of something. The grocery store seems to mark the price of food up every week. They don't mark up the price of turkey at Thanks giving.
Fig. to wait; to do nothing but wait. I'll just mark time till things get better. Do you expect me to just stand here and mark time?
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.
X marks the spot.
This is the exact spot. (Sometimes the speaker will draw an X in the spot while saying this.) This is where the rock struck my car—X marks the spot. Now, please move that table over here. Yes, right here—X marks the spot.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Reduce the price of something, as in If they mark down these shoes, I'll buy two pairs. The mark here alludes to the label indicating a price. [Mid-1800s]
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.
See also: marked
Wait idly for something to occur, as in We were just marking time until we received our instructions. This idiom alludes to the literal meaning of marching in place to the time, or beat, of music. [Early 1800s]
1. Deface by drawing, cutting, or another means of covering something with marks. For example, John was punished for marking up his desk, or These shoes really mark up the floor.
2. Raise the price of something, as in This small shop marks up its merchandise much more than department stores do. [Second half of 1800s]
X marks the spot
This mark shows the location, as in On the postcard, X marks the spot where we picked blueberries. Although the use of a cross or X is probably much older, this term was first recorded in 1813.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
COMMON If you mark time, you do not do anything interesting or of value, because you are waiting to see how a situation develops. He had failed his college exams and was marking time working in a baker's shop. People think that I'm marking time till I can make movies or Broadway shows. Note: When soldiers mark time, they march on the spot without moving forward.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
mark time1 (of troops) march on the spot without moving forward. 2 pass your time in routine activities until a more interesting opportunity presents itself.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
mark ˈtimestay in one situation, job, etc., not making any progress, but waiting for an opportunity to do so: ‘What are you doing at the moment?’ ‘I’m just marking time until somebody offers me a better job.’
If soldiers mark time, they march on one spot without moving forward.
a marked ˈmana man who is in danger of being killed by his enemies: When they discovered he was a spy, he became a marked man.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. To write a description or symbol for something observed; make a note of something: I marked down the characteristics of every bird I saw in the woods. Did you mark the directions down?
2. To lower the price of something offered for sale: The department store marked down all of its shoes last week by 20 percent. The baker marks the bread down an hour before closing.
1. To indicate the boundary of some region: The rows of trees on either side of the property mark off our part of it. The lime marks the playing field off.
2. To make a mark or sign by the name of someone or something on some list, especially to indicate completion of a task or an intention to do a task: As I delivered each package, I marked off the name of the addressee to make sure I hadn't forgotten anyone. Well, that task is finished, so let's mark it off the list.
3. To lower someone's score or grade by some amount due to some error: My professor marked me off a grade for being late. The teacher marks off five points for each spelling error. The judges marked the dancers off for dancing over the time limit.
To establish explicitly the outline, boundary, or shape of some region or thing, by or as if by drawing lines or points around it: We marked out the territory we wanted to explore on the map. Let's mark out the boundaries of the new garden.
1. To cover something with marks, especially defacing it: The rubber balls the kids threw in the hallway marked up the walls. The broken vacuum cleaner marked the floors up.
2. To write comments or corrections directly on some document: The teacher had marked up everyone's papers before passing them back to us. The committee marked the report up with comments and questions.
3. To raise the price of something put on sale: You'd better buy the shoes now before they mark them up. The new owners marked up the entire inventory.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
tv. to wait; to do nothing but wait. Do you expect me to just stand here and mark time?
X marks the spot
sent. This is the exact place! (Cliché.) This is where it happened. X marks the spot.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. To move the feet alternately in the rhythm of a marching step without advancing.
2. To suspend progress for the time being; wait in readiness.
3. To function in an apathetic or ineffective manner.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
X marks the spot
This mark shows the scene of the crime, the hiding place of a treasure, or some other special location. Although this term dates only from the nineteenth century, the use of a cross or the letter X as a special indicator is surely much older. The OED’s earliest citation is from a letter by Maria Edgeworth in 1813: “The three crosses X mark the three places where we were let in.” The term often appeared in romantic pirate stories in which hidden treasure marked on a map figured, as in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (1883).
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer