reflect credit upon (someone, something, or oneself)

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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.
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It is probable that there existed an anthropoid ape in South America, who in past ages found his way to this place, and that he developed into the creatures we have seen, some of which"--here he looked hard at me--"were of an appearance and shape which, if it had been accompanied by corresponding intelligence, would, I do not hesitate to say, have reflected credit upon any living race.
"Corporal Martinez's exceptional professionalism, unrelenting perseverance and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
A citation read: "L/Cpl Lewis' initiative, perseverance and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon himself and 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps." Major Timothy Wernimont, of the US Marines' 2nd Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, said: "This medal is given to our marines when they have done something extraordinary or above and beyond expectation.
"Cox's initiative, perseverance and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service," said Lt.
The award, named after the rider killed in a fall at Santa Anita in 1946, recognises riders whose careers have reflected credit upon themselves and their sport.