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an indication of failure or censure:
His chronic lateness is a black mark against him.
Historical Examples

Frank Merriwell’s Return to Yale Burt L. Standish
Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett

an indication of disapproval, failure, etc
An indication of censure or failure, as in If you refuse to work late, won’t that be a black mark against you? This phrase alludes to a literal black mark, such as a cross, that was put next to a person’s name, indicating that he or she had incurred a rebuke or penalty of some kind. [ Mid-1800s ]


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