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a (kind of) reflection on (someone or something)

That which presents a particular kind of opinion about or informs the reputation of someone or something. The staff you hire to serve customers are the best reflection on your restaurant as a whole. I feel like parents only want their children to behave in public because they know they'll be a poor reflection on them otherwise. The decay and ruin these landmarks are in is unfortunately a sad reflection on the economic state of our city.
See also: on, reflection

on mature reflection

After having given something careful consideration over an appropriately long period of time. On mature reflection, I realize now that my comments during the debate may have been hurtful to some citizens, and for that I apologize unreservedly. Many new homeowners are now, on mature reflection, beginning to wonder whether they made a worthwhile investment.
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quiet reflection

Time spent in contemplation. I like to spend a moment in quiet reflection after a yoga class ends. Let's take this downtime for some quiet reflection, shall we?
See also: quiet, reflection
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reflect (back) (up)on someone or something

to remember or think about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) When I reflect back on the years I spent with my parents, I think I had a good childhood. I like to reflect on my great-grandmother.
See also: on, reflect
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

reflect on

1. Consider or think carefully about, as in She reflected on her country's role in history. [c. 1600] A closely related phrase is on due reflection, meaning "after careful consideration." For example, On due reflection I decided to vote for the incumbent.
2. reflect on one. Give evidence of one's qualities, as in The hasty preparation of this report will reflect on you. [Second half of 1600s]
See also: on, reflect
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on mature reˈflection/consideˈration

(formal) after thinking about something carefully and for a long time: He wanted to ban his staff from using the Internet at work, but on mature reflection he decided that this would not be good for morale.

a sad, poor, etc. reflection on something

a thing which damages somebody’s/something’s reputation: The increase in crime is a sad reflection on our society today.
See also: on, reflection, something
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

reflect on

or reflect upon
v.
1. To think carefully about something: He sat in the garden and reflected on what he had just read.
2. To express carefully considered thoughts about something: In the essay, she reflects on her long career and offers advice for young writers.
3. To give evidence of the characteristics or qualities of someone or something: The student's performance reflects well on the whole school. Hasty preparation of the report will reflect badly on you.
4. To appear as a reflected image on some surface: The trees are reflecting on the water.
5. To cause something to appear as a reflected image on some surface: The window reflected wavy lines on the floor.
See also: on, reflect
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
I sent my gentleman a short letter, therefore, that I had obeyed his orders in all things but that of going back to the Bath, which I could not think of for many reasons; that however parting from him was a wound to me that I could never recover, yet that I was fully satisfied his reflections were just, and would be very far from desiring to obstruct his reformation or repentance.
I had another reflection, which assisted me also to comfort my mind with hopes; and this was comparing my present situation with what I had deserved, and had therefore reason to expect from the hand of Providence.
And if he were to be lost to them for Harriet's sake; if he were to be thought of hereafter, as finding in Harriet's society all that he wanted; if Harriet were to be the chosen, the first, the dearest, the friend, the wife to whom he looked for all the best blessings of existence; what could be increasing Emma's wretchedness but the reflection never far distant from her mind, that it had been all her own work?
Synopsis: Wayne Johnson has written and self-published "Reflections On Living A Christian Life" for the specific purpose of offering to others the knowledge given to him by God through his Holy Spirit and through many years of personal prayer, education and study to anyone everywhere.
"Reflections On Living A Christian Life" discusses the process a Christian follows from when he becomes a believer to when they die and are resurrected to eternal life and discusses the process from Johnson's personal perspective.
"Reflections Framed 2018," a project that honors military men and women of all generations, announced that proceeds from this annual event will again be donated to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.
The "Reflections Framed" project, which began in 2014, honors men and women in Wheaton and the surrounding communities who have served or are serving in the U.S.
Teachers' reflections represent the problems they encounter in their teaching and the solutions they adopt in reaction.
Okseion Lee (2010) investigated teacher candidates reflections through online journal writing.
The products of individual or shared sense-making efforts were the lived experiences of the participants (student teachers, placement mentors and college supervisors) involved in Group Dialogic Reflections that were socially constructed (Merriam, 2009; Patton, 2015).
where c is the speed of light, [F.sub.c] is the carrier frequency, [N.sub.r,k] is the number of reflections of kth path, and " mod" is the modulus function.
However, practically, the wall surface is rough, and some reflections are inevitably nonnormal to the nominal flat surface, leading to incomplete superposition of momentum.
One advantage of being in a more homogeneous group was that it gave an opportunity to be more specific in their reflections. They could speak about class-related or subject-related issues and thereby work with common issues in this forum.
In research that could help improve predictive climate modeling, a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans has found a unique method to measure the rate of this mixing by observing the reflection of sound waves off the different tiers within the ocean.
Objective: To assess the personal reflection ability of first year medical students who self-selected different strategies for learning gross anatomy.