leave an impression(redirected from leave a bad impression)
leave an impression
To have or create a strong impact on someone, whether good or bad (usually specified by an adjective before "impression.") Make sure you brush your hair and wear a clean suit—you want to leave a good impression on your first day in the office. It's clear that the defendant's impassioned speech left a strong impression on the jury.
leave an impression (on someone)and leave someone with an impression
Fig. to provide a lasting memory for someone after one has left. (Akin to make an impression on someone.) Her performance was less than stunning. She didn't leave a very good impression on us.