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* reputation (for doing something)

a state of having a particular kind of reputation for doing something. (Often a bad reputation, as in the examples. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) You'll get a reputation for cheating. I don't want to get a reputation for being late.

* reputation (for doing something)

a state of having a particular kind of reputation for doing something. (Often a bad reputation, as in the examples. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) You'll get a reputation for cheating. I don't want to get a reputation for being late.

stake one's reputation on someone or something

to risk harming one's reputation on someone or something. Of course Denise is great. I will stake my reputation on her! It may be so, but I wouldn't stake my reputation on it.
See also: on, reputation, stake
References in classic literature ?
He had, as you saw, the best of the first exchanges, but my self-respect and my reputation are concerned to fight it to a finish.
But if, though unjust, I acquire the reputation of justice, a heavenly life is promised to me.
Obviously it was for no light matter, for Prince Paul Saradine was frankly `fast,' and had no reputation to lose as to the mere sins of society.
Haven't I a reputation for knowing all about music?
Then this fame, these favours, these privileges, or whatever you call it," said Sancho, "belong to the bodies and relics of the saints who, with the approbation and permission of our holy mother Church, have lamps, tapers, winding-sheets, crutches, pictures, eyes and legs, by means of which they increase devotion and add to their own Christian reputation.
The danger to his own reputation, and, in the case of an elective magistrate, to his political existence, from betraying a spirit of favoritism, or an unbecoming pursuit of popularity, to the observation of a body whose opinion would have great weight in forming that of the public, could not fail to operate as a barrier to the one and to the other.
My article was warmly discussed, which procured it a high reputation.
Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage.
Everything is ruined--my reputation, my self-respect, all that I have in the world
But I cannot forget the length of her visit to the Mainwarings, and when I reflect on the different mode of life which she led with them from that to which she must now submit, I can only suppose that the wish of establishing her reputation by following though late the path of propriety, occasioned her removal from a family where she must in reality have been particularly happy.
Madame Porta then perceived the mistake she had made in not exercising her talent for "genre" painting, which might, by this time, have brought her reputation.
For the fact that it was this said thirty-first cousin, Mr d'Urberville, who had fallen in love with her, a gentleman not altogether local, whose reputation as a reckless gallant and heartbreaker was beginning to spread beyond the immediate boundaries of Trantridge, lent Tess's supposed position, by its fearsomeness, a far higher fascination that it would have exercised if unhazardous.
For a long time no critic has enjoyed in France a more incontestable authority, and it was impossible not to be impressed by the claims he made; they seemed extravagant; but later judgments have confirmed his estimate, and the reputation of Charles Strickland is now firmly established on the lines which he laid down.
From the cloister, his reputation as a learned man had passed to the people, among whom it had changed a little, a frequent occurrence at that time, into reputation as a sorcerer.
He threw out biting remarks on Lydgate's tricks, worthy only of a quack, to get himself a factitious reputation with credulous people.