checkered past


: a past history of having done bad things or been in trouble
The senator has a checkered past.

Examples of checkered past in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That checkered past gives Western Digital and its brands virtually zero wiggle room regarding consumer complaints. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 10 Aug. 2023 O’Brien acknowledges the Teamsters’ checkered past but bristles when the subject comes up. Nick Tabor, Washington Post, 19 June 2023 Their guru’s virile presence and checkered past preceded him in his days as a figure on the Sunset Strip. Erin Osmon, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2023

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“Checkered past.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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