a blot on something

something that spoils someone's reputation, or spoils the appearance of something

This is a serious blot on your career.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • blot out something — blot out (something) to make something stop upsetting you. I twist the pillow over my head to blot out the horrible sounds. She closed her eyes, trying to blot out the memory of the day s events. Related vocabulary: block out something Etymology …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) blot on something — a blot on something phrase something that spoils someone’s reputation, or spoils the appearance of something This is a serious blot on your career. Thesaurus: damage to someone s reputationsynonym signs of damagehyponym to harm someone s… …   Useful english dictionary

  • blot out — (something) to make something stop upsetting you. I twist the pillow over my head to blot out the horrible sounds. She closed her eyes, trying to blot out the memory of the day s events. Related vocabulary: block out something Etymology: based on …   New idioms dictionary

  • blot — blot1 [ blat ] verb transitive to remove liquid from the surface of something using a piece of paper or cloth: Blot off any excess lipstick with a paper tissue. ,blot out phrasal verb transitive 1. ) to cover something so that you can no longer… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blot — I = blot up blot UK [blɒt] / US [blɑt] or blot up UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms blot : present tense I/you/we/they blot he/she/it blots present participle blotting past tense blotted past participle blotted to remove liquid from the… …   English dictionary

  • blot out — verb make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing (Freq. 6) a hidden message a veiled threat • Syn: ↑obscure, ↑obliterate, ↑veil, ↑hide • Derivationally related forms …   Useful english dictionary

  • blot — 1. noun /blɒt,blɑt/ a) A blemish, spot or stain made by a coloured substance. b) A stain on someones reputation or character; a disgrace. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • blot — ► NOUN 1) a dark mark or stain, especially one made by ink. 2) a thing that mars something that is otherwise good. ► VERB (blotted, blotting) 1) dry with an absorbent material. 2) mark, stain, or mar. 3) …   English terms dictionary

  • blot your copybook — british phrase to do something that spoils your good reputation, for example at work Thesaurus: to harm your own reputationsynonym Main entry: blot * * * blot your copybook Brit informal : to harm your own reputation The star football player… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Blot — Blot, n. [Cf. Icel. blettr, Dan. plet.] 1. A spot or stain, as of ink on paper; a blur. Inky blots and rotten parchment bonds. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An obliteration of something written or printed; an erasure. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. A spot… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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