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The meaning and origin of the expression: A blot on the landscape

A blot on the landscape

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'A blot on the landscape'?

Something that spoils the view or ruins a previously comfortable situation.

What's the origin of the phrase 'A blot on the landscape'?

T. E. (Thomas Edward) Lawrence, in 'Letters' (edited D. Garnett), 1938:

"His two Kufti people - will be rather a blot on the landscape."

Tom Sharpe published a novel - 'Blott on the Landscape' in 1975.

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