cast a long shadow

cast a long shadow

To continue to have consequences well into the future. A: "I know I made a mistake, but that happened years ago! Why are we still talking about it?" B: "Because old sins cast a long shadow."
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cast a long shadow

COMMON If something or someone casts a long shadow over something or someone, they have a great, long-lasting influence over them, usually a bad one. It was a time of hardships and the war still cast a long shadow over life in England. Cancer has cast a long shadow over almost every family in the country.
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But Zane Grey (1872-1939) cast a long shadow, and his son became lost in it as Loren Grey chronicles in this candid interview with the Daily News.