scarred (for life)

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1. a physical mark received on the body that stays permanently or for a very long time.

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my body is scarred for life

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To be 'scarred for life' is to bear a scar or mark as a result of an accident, pregnancy, surgery or psychological trauma which cannot be removed. To be scarred for life is to be marked permanently by something which has happened to you.

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  1. My leg was scarred for life after the stitches were taken out.
  2. The ointment helped prevent my arm from being scarred by that nasty cut.

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  1. The reason we have these procedures in place is to avoid people getting injured or scarred for life.
  2. As part of his statement, the defendant claimed he was scarred for life by the burns he endured.

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2. to be deeply and negatively affected by an event or something/someone

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the trauma scarred me for life

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To be 'psychologically' 'scarred for life' means that something traumatic has happened to you or you have witnessed something which will have a profound effect on you for the rest of your life. This is often used as a hyperbolic phrase to exaggerate in telling a story of something that happened. 

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  1. Seeing my sister in labour has scarred me for life when it comes to having children.
  2. I am scarred for life after working in that dirty restaurant for so long.

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  1. Children subjected to neglect are psychologically scarred for life and suffer from developmental issues.
  2. Employees can suffer trauma in a toxic work environment and MRI scans show this damage may even lead to psychological scarring for life.

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