blot your copybook

British
to do something that spoils your good reputation, for example at work

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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 your copybook — If you blot your copybook, you make a mistake or do something wrong that will negatively affect someone s opinion of you …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • blot your copybook — blot (your) copybook British & Australian to do something which spoils someone s opinion of you. She blotted her copybook by arriving late to a meeting …   New idioms dictionary

  • blot copybook — blot (your) copybook British & Australian to do something which spoils someone s opinion of you. She blotted her copybook by arriving late to a meeting …   New idioms dictionary

  • copybook — [[t]kɒ̱pibʊk[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A copybook action is done perfectly, according to established rules. [mainly BRIT] Yuri gave a copybook display. 2) PHRASE: V inflects If you blot your copybook, you spoil your good reputation by doing… …   English dictionary

  • copybook — 1 noun (C) a book used in the past containing examples of good handwriting to copy see also: blot your copybook blot 1 (2) 2 adjective (only before noun) BrE completely suitable or correct: a copybook answer …   Longman dictionary of contemporary 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 — blot1 [blɔt US bla:t] v past tense and past participle blotted present participle blotting [T] 1.) to make a wet surface become dry by pressing soft paper or cloth on it 2.) blot your copybook BrE informal to do something that spoils the idea… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blotted — verb (T) 1 to dry a wet surface by pressing soft paper or cloth on it 2 blot your copybook informal to do something that spoils the idea that people have of you blot sth out phrasal verb (T) to cover or hide something completely: Thick, white… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • blotting — verb (T) 1 to dry a wet surface by pressing soft paper or cloth on it 2 blot your copybook informal to do something that spoils the idea that people have of you blot sth out phrasal verb (T) to cover or hide something completely: Thick, white… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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