black mark


black mark
an indication of failure or censure: His chronic lateness is a black mark against him.
[1835-45]

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • black mark — black′ mark′ n. an indication of failure or censure • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • black mark — ► NOUN informal ▪ a note of a person s misdemeanour or discreditable action …   English terms dictionary

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  • black mark — an indication of failure or censure: His chronic lateness is a black mark against him. [1835 45] …   Useful english dictionary

  • black mark — mark indicating something unfavorable in someone s record …   English contemporary dictionary

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