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as in:  reflect poorly on the school

The failing test scores would reflect poorly on the school.
  influence opinion
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reflect reflects reflected reflecting
This word is often used in a phrase like "reflect poorly on/upon...."  Although we define this meaning of reflect as "influence opinion", the use of "upon" or "on" might feel more natural if you think of it as "casting a metaphorical shade of good or bad upon/on" something.
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  • The failing test scores would reflect poorly on the school.
  • The inaccurate report reflected poorly on the newspaper.
  • Winning the national championship would reflect positively on the whole school.
  • Funny, in the arena, when I poured out those berries, I was only thinking of outsmarting the Gamemakers, not how my actions would reflect on the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
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