An adverse reference, as for a job or promotion; any unsubstantiated comment designed to sabotage its subject's goals in a job, social circle, or personal relationship. (suggestion that the subject is the kind that would stoop to having sexual relations with animals.)
If it weren't for that damned goat story, I'd have gotten that management job.
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