cast a shadow over (one)

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cast a shadow over (one)

1. To dampen, spoil, or ruin one's mood or outlook. The coaching scandal has cast a huge shadow over all the athletes on the team. The way my ex-wife treated me cast a shadow over me for several years.
2. To make one feel less significant, important, or unique by comparison. My dad was a famous movie star, and that cast such a big shadow over me as an actor that I'm still trying to get out from under it. The teacher mentor said that he would be staying out of the spotlight so as not to cast a shadow over the students and their work.
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THE Kevin Pietersen saga may continue to cast a shadow over England's summer, but Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes insists there has been no negative effect on dressing room harmony.
His needless dismissal cast a shadow over Atherton's wonderful achievement in becoming only the sixth Englishman to pass 7,000 Test runs.
Anderson knows England were sloppy but does not expect it to cast a shadow over an impressive effort with the ball.