We ask our celebrities to pour their hearts out, and then chastise them if they stain our buttoned-up shirts.
The stain of congressional Republicans seems to be rubbing off on the GOP presidential candidates as well.
THE CLAIM: At an anti-tax event in Iowa in January, Bachmann called slavery a “stain on our history.”
The black stamp bleeds like a stain in all directions and the message appears, We have to stand against these laws!
Their actions bring shame to all of us and are a stain on our community, our religion, and the Jewish state.
Probably the address, bunglingly adjusted on the side instead of the top, or else a stain of mud from the late rough drive.
But I do blame you for leaving them with a stain upon your character.
Of course by “moral qualities,” a character without spot or stain is not intended: we may take that for granted.
The stain of blood is in every scarlet thread of your carpets, rugs, and curtains.
He immediately demanded the cause of the stain on it, and she hesitated, at a loss what reply to make.
late 14c., probably representing a merger of Old Norse steina "to paint" and a shortened form of Middle English disteynen "to discolor or stain," from Old French desteign-, stem of desteindre "to remove the color," from des- (from Latin dis- "remove;" see dis-) + Old French teindre "to dye," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Stained; staining. Stained glass is attested from 1791.
1560s, from stain (v.).
A reagent or dye that is used for staining microscopic specimens.
A procedure in which a dye or a combination of dyes and reagents is used to color the constituents of cells and tissues.