In his death, he was at least marring this first moment of her lover's advent.
It was a terrible power, the making or marring of future reputation.
To us the marring of her son seems the greatest of this Messalina's crimes.
Whatever my life is, he had more to do with the making or the marring of it than poor Harry has had.
Avoid chopping on the bench top or whittling it or boring holes or marring it by saw-cuts or chisel-marks.
It was unseemly, because it was marring the beauty of a great festival.
But all this, far from marring the impressiveness of the place, accentuated and heightened the inarticulate tragedy of its aspect.
They felt as if the making or marring of their lives was in their hands.
But know, Quentin Durward, that you have foiled me to the marring of thine own fortune.
I, by the way, had my share in marring one of these during the run.
Old English merran (Anglian), mierran (West Saxon) "to waste, spoil," from Proto-Germanic *marzjan (cf. Old Frisian meria, Old High German marren "to hinder, obstruct," Gothic marzjan "to hinder, offend"), from PIE root *mers- "to trouble, confuse" (cf. Sanskrit mrsyate "forgets, neglects," Lithuanian mirszati "to forget"). Related: Marred; marring.