black mark

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black mark

n
an indication of disapproval, failure, etc

black′ mark′


n.
an indication of failure or censure.
[1835–45]
Translations

black mark

n (fig) → nota di demerito
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In consequence of this bad fashion, a man, who is too conscientious to misspend his days among the women, in learning the names of black marks, may never hear of the deeds of his fathers, nor feel a pride in striving to outdo them.
Margaret, you've got black marks again under your eyes.
It was such a gradual movement that he discovered it only through noticing that a black mark that had been near him five minutes ago was now at the other side of the circumference.
If a man of your age, holding certificates, has not got past a second officer's berth, there must be a black mark against him somewhere.
It was hard getting into my dress alone, and I hadn't time to eat but a mouthful, and just at the last minute, when I honestly--HONESTLY --would have thought about clearing away and locking up, I looked at the clock and knew I could hardly get back to school in time to form in the line; and I thought how dreadful it would be to go in late and get my first black mark on a Friday afternoon, with the minister's wife and the doctor's wife and the school committee all there
He had apparently been strangled, for there was no sign of any violence except the black mark of fingers on his neck.
But I thought with dread that it was flowing towards Magwitch, and that any black mark on its surface might be his pursuers, going swiftly, silently, and surely, to take him.
But his face looks so wicked and menacing, as he stands leaning against the sun-dial-setting, as it were, his black mark upon the very face of day--that her flight is arrested by horror as she looks at him.
The latter had made great capital out of the forced resignation, but Daylight had grinned and silently gone his way, though registering a black mark against more than one club member who was destined to feel, in the days to come, the crushing weight of the Klondiker's financial paw.
Saxon registered another black mark against Oakland.
I saw one of the latter with a black mark on its back, as if it had been struck with a paving-stone.
Had there been no black mark against you, I would have discharged you when I learned how you were robbing me.