marked man, a

Also, marked woman. A person singled out as an object of suspicion, hostility, or vengeance. For example, As a witness to the robbery, he felt he was a marked man, or After her fiasco at the meeting, she was a marked woman—no one would hire her. This idiom was first recorded in 1833.


Nearby words

  1. mark-up,
  2. marka,
  3. markan,
  4. markdown,
  5. marked,
  6. markedly,
  7. marker,
  8. marker trait,
  9. market,
  10. market abuse

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