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See also: blackmark
- (idiomatic) something that negatively affects someone's reputation
2011 April 6, quoting Paul Simpson, “Management after the sack”, in BBC Sport[Aimee Lewis]:
- "It taints your CV as people look at it and see what's gone on and it does put a bit of a black mark against you," says the man who, in 2006, was head hunted by Preston only for his tenure to be brought to a halt 17 months later.