Black mark.

Idiom

Black mark

Definition

A black mark is a mark of disgrace, disfavor, or discredit.

Examples Sentences

John’s record at work had a few black marks.

The scandal left a black mark on the company’s reputation.

Origin

This idiom originated in the 1700s, and is most likely a reference to the black marks that were used to record bad debts.

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