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A checkered history means that the history of someone or something is partly good (white) and partly bad (black), like the alternating black and white squares on a checker board.

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North American: checkers, played on a checkerboard

British: draughts, played on a draughtboard / chequerboard

Example of usage

  • "Chequered history of women's reservation bill" ~Headline in Hundustan Times, New Delhi, March 8, 2010.

SIMILAR EXPRESSION: a checkered past:

"The reformed gang leader hoped that his new girlfriend would never discover his checkered past"

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