checkered past

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - checkered past

"checkered past"

a personal history that includes both successes and failures, or ethical and unethical behavior


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - checkered past

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Do you think I have any chance to get this promotion?

Colleague 2:  You have had some tremendous successes but you have also had some epic failures, so it is hard to say what your chances are.

Colleague 1:  I suppose my checkered past might cause some concern, alright, but I believe the successes outweigh the failures.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - checkered past

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am having a very difficult time getting a loan to buy a car.

Friend 2:  In today's lending climate, that is hard to believe. Car companies are desperate to sell cars and loans are freely available. Is your past credit history checkered?

Friend 1:  I have had some issues with credit cards in the past.

Friend 2:  That might explain your current difficulty.

checkered past - Usage:


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checkered past - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for checkered past.

checkered past - Examples:

1)  ... known doper and liar, thus having no credibility. Hamilton has had a similarly checkered past. It's possible that these guys have a different agenda to exposing doping.

2)  ... we would abandon most of what makes us civilised. Most things have a checkered past; this does not mean that when good people do good things, those ...

3)  ... both know for sure is right the first time, learning from experiences of our checkered past of purchases.

4)  ... accountable if anyone. However, we do know that the Harper Government has a checkered past, to be kind, when it comes to food safety. 

5)  But Garcia has a checkered past, having been suspended five times during the course of his collegiate career.

6)  ... continues to prove that even with a checkered past, you can still mount a credible challenge to the status quo.

7)  Gymnastics is another that has had a checkered past, trundle them out the doors as well. There have been simmering rumours ...

8)  ... aforementioned point of not taking things personally, then you can find yourself with a checkered past, as everyone will remember all the difficulties of working with you.

9)  ... she begins to reengage with life, only to confront fresh terrors when her checkered past comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have imagined.

10)  What did he expect from someone with my checkered past anyway? If I didn't trust me, why did he?

11)  ... since we help find car dealers that will approve loans for those with a checkered past. We work with a variety of dealers that want to approve loans and ...

12)  What has been forgotten is his checkered past. In 2008, he was reprimanded by the IMF for having an affair ...

13)  I eventually grew out of using it, but lately I feel my bold, checkered past is creeping up on me again. It seems to be everywhere.

14)  ... portray the chief justice as a symbol of judicial independence want us to forget her checkered past. But we should not forget.

15)  There are signs of hope. Nigeria's new president may have a checkered past, but he has almost tripled the AIDS Programme budget, committed his government ...

16)  Unfortunately, sometimes those harmless-looking, perfectly-named domains may have a checkered past. Before picking up a domain name that may be banned or blocked due ...

17)  ... out the facts about his background, choose to ignore his anti-American influences, his checkered past, his hidden records, and his lack of any accomplishment other than being ...

18)  He has a checkered past with associations with terrorists and anti-American radicals and ministers, ...

19)  All this attention on her and her checkered past will eventually lead him to drop her.

20)  ... followed was a media circus filled with rumors and speculation about the promiscuous 22-year-old's checkered past.