bask in reflected glory

bask in reflected glory

To gain fame only through one's association with a famous or successful person. It's tough basking in the reflected glory of my sister, the world-renowned singer, when I want to have my own singing career.
See also: bask, glory, reflect

bathe/bask in reflected ˈglory

get attention and fame not because of something you have done but through the success of somebody else connected to you: She wasn’t happy to bathe in the reflected glory of her daughter’s success, as she wanted to succeed on her own.
See also: bask, bathe, glory, reflect
References in classic literature ?
You'd be such a success -- and I would bask in reflected glory -- `not the rose but near the rose.
Another unfortunate consequence of the current popularity of stardom as a 'career' of choice is the rise of an entire 'support system' of aspiring starlets and stars' relatives, handlers, 'momagers' or 'papagers,' patrons, financiers, image stylists and fans who are only too happy to bask in reflected glory.
We'd love to be part of it, somehow, but without any talent of our own we'll do our best instead to bask in reflected glory.
Call up retro style with Heal's yellow and ivory 50s-style phone, pounds 65, or bask in reflected glory by hanging its Ghost mirror by Philippe Starck, pounds 180.
Those looking to bask in reflected glory will be able to distance themselves from defeat whereas the identifiers will find reasons other than the team's performance to explain a poor outcome.
Elkin's first novel, Boswell, A Modern Comedy (1964), tells of an ordinary man who founds a club for famous individuals, hoping like his namesake to bask in reflected glory.