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Difference between Cast a long shadow over something and Cast a shadow over something

cast a long shadow over somethingexert a very strong influence on smth.:

  • Helmut Kohl cast a very long shadow over German politics, even after his defeat at the polls in 1998.

cast a shadow over something —(also: cast a shade over something) have a damaging effect on smth. such as a person’s reputation, relationships, etc.:

  • The trauma suffered by these women has cast a shadow over their lives.