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bask in reflected glory

To experience or enjoy fame only through one's association with a famous or successful person. As the sister of the superstar, for years she basked in reflected glory, until she finally got her own shot at fame.
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bathe in reflected glory

To experience or enjoy fame only through one's association with a famous or successful person. As the sister of the superstar, for years she bathed in reflected glory, until she finally got her own shot at fame.
See also: bathe, glory, reflect

reflect (up)on (something)

1. Literally, to be displayed as a duplicate light or image on something. Technically, moonlight is just sunlight that bounces off the moon and is reflected on the Earth. Though his back was to me, I could see his worried face reflected on the small pool of water.
2. To consider or think back on something with close or careful attention. Stuck in bed with a broken leg, all I could do was reflect on the accident that put me there. After coming to terms with not getting the promotion, Janet reflected upon her boss's criticism and vowed to improve her work.
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reflect credit on (someone, something, or oneself)

To demonstrate that someone, something, or oneself is worthy or deserving of credit. The achievements of your pupils on their exams reflects credit on your abilities as a teacher. I must say that the exemplary manners and good behavior of these children reflects credit on their parents. Between her impressive résumé and the way she handled herself during her interview, I have to say that she reflected a lot of credit on herself.
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reflect credit upon (someone, something, or oneself)

To demonstrate that someone, something, or oneself is worthy or deserving of credit. The achievements of your pupils on their exams reflects credit upon your abilities as a teacher. I must say that the exemplary manners and good behavior of these children reflects credit upon their parents. Between her impressive résumé and the way she handled herself during her interview, I have to say that she reflected a lot of credit upon herself.
See also: credit, reflect, upon

reflect on (someone or something)

To stand as evidence of someone's or something's qualities or merits. The principal seems more concerned that the incident will reflect poorly on the school, as opposed to whether anyone was hurt. Your poise under pressure really reflects on your ability as a leader.
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reflected in (something)

1. Literally, shown as a duplicate image on a reflective surface. The mountain was perfectly reflected in the crystal-clear lake. The entire street was reflected in the office building's mirror-like windows.
2. Displayed by or shown in the results or outcome of something. I hope all our hard work is reflected in good sales of the new product. The extra hours you worked will be reflected in your paycheck this month.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reflect (back) (up)on someone or something

to remember or think about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) When I reflect back on the years I spent with my parents, I think I had a good childhood. I like to reflect on my great-grandmother.
See also: on, reflect

reflect credit (up)on someone or something

[for some act] to bring credit to someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Your efforts really reflect credit upon you. Mary's success really reflected credit on the quality of her education.
See also: credit, on, reflect

reflected in something

 
1. Lit. [of something] mirrored in something, such as a mirror, water, ice, etc. His image was reflected in the mirror, giving him a good view of his sunburn. When the hermit's image was reflected in the pool, he was amazed.
2. Fig. [of something] shown in a result. The extra charges will be reflected in next month's bill. I do not understand all the charges that are reflected in my statement.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

reflect on

1. Consider or think carefully about, as in She reflected on her country's role in history. [c. 1600] A closely related phrase is on due reflection, meaning "after careful consideration." For example, On due reflection I decided to vote for the incumbent.
2. reflect on one. Give evidence of one's qualities, as in The hasty preparation of this report will reflect on you. [Second half of 1600s]
See also: on, reflect
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

reflect well, badly, etc. on somebody/something

make somebody/something appear to be good, bad, etc. to other people: This incident reflects badly on everyone involved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

reflect on

or reflect upon
v.
1. To think carefully about something: He sat in the garden and reflected on what he had just read.
2. To express carefully considered thoughts about something: In the essay, she reflects on her long career and offers advice for young writers.
3. To give evidence of the characteristics or qualities of someone or something: The student's performance reflects well on the whole school. Hasty preparation of the report will reflect badly on you.
4. To appear as a reflected image on some surface: The trees are reflecting on the water.
5. To cause something to appear as a reflected image on some surface: The window reflected wavy lines on the floor.
See also: on, reflect
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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When flares erupt on the side of the sun not visible from Earth, their X rays could still be detectable if they reflected off Jupiter toward Earth.--D.S.
where the subscripts i and r denote incident and reflected respectively, [THETA] = [theta], [phi] is the direction of light propagation, [lambda] is the wavelength of light, L is radiance, and E is irradiance (5).
Studies of the effects of drugs on fetal development as well as increasing concern over chemical toxins in the environment, more generally, resulted in increasing skepticism regarding the use of anesthesia in childbirth, all of which reflected a waning faith in science.
This has already happened, and was reflected in American policy in the transition from the proactive strategy of Operation Desert Shield to the pragmatic response of Operation Provide Comfort, to the reactive strategy of Operation Gallant Provider.
A reflected signal contains much information about the discontinuity which produced it, including its depth (proportional to the time it takes the reflection to return), its size (proportional to the amplitude of reflection) and even its shape (pulse shape variations).
While one can trace how some aspects of the works lead to others, there is no clean, linear evolution; often, an attribute of one of the earliest drawings seems like the logical next step in an investigation reflected in one of the most recent.
About half of the increase in the sector's profit share since the early 1990s has reflected a reduction in net interest expenses.
Instead we are looking at light reflected by objects.
The court will take a case-by-case approach in determining whether income is not clearly reflected. As a result, the door seems slightly ajar for the taxpayer to allocate a reasonable portion of a bargain price to inventory and freezing it as beginning inventory.
Others believe that since accounting has no effect on cash flows or net equity and dilution already is reflected in earnings per share (EPS), the potential improvement in financial reporting is not worth the effort.
Those properties that are heard after approximately mid-May will have the new values reflected for later tax bills and would be entitled to a refund of any overpayments.
The negative comments reflected students' frustration with the challenge they faced through the project experiences to become critical thinkers of mathematics.
Each drop reflected a different pattern of wavelengths of light.
1984), for its use of a mathematical analysis to determine if the taxpayer's accounting method clearly reflected income.
In Canada, where economic activity had been particularly vigorous through the end of 1994, the slowdown reflected weaker U.S.