lose your (good) character


lose your (good) character
   to be discovered in any impropriety
   Normally, after being convicted of a crime. In a single woman, the phrase is used to refer to copulation before marriage:
    I might not lose, with my character, the prospect of getting a good husband. (Cleland, 1749)

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