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

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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.
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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.
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"Giving me my second award for trying to help tackle this problem is a sad reflection on society and on how our society is a sad reflection on the Government."
Dr Morgan said he was pleased to see people helping their neighbours and proud the church was taking a lead role, but the need for food banks was a sad reflection on society.
The coroner said: "It is a sad reflection on an uncaring society a man was lying dead in his bed for three months and rotting away when no-one showed any concern or made any enquires about him."
"It is a sad reflection on our uncaring society," he said.
"Young people need to be very clear that we will not allow that sort of drug taking." Mr Hellawell said it would be "a sad reflection on society" if claims by DJ Chris Evans that half the BBC's staff took drugs were true.
It is a sad reflection on those who support the fascist attitude to the blinkered methods used in coercion.
``It's a sad reflection on society, but it's something we can't ignore.