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fifteen minutes of fame

Definition of fifteen minutes of fame in English:

A brief period of fame that a person enjoys before fading back into obscurity.
[adapted from Andy Warhol's comment 'in the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes' (1968)]
Example sentences
  • Sole survivors rarely enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, particularly when their work covers an obscure escape.
  • He afforded everyone their fifteen minutes of fame.
  • It was (one of) my fifteen minutes of fame, and I still get a thrill seeing my name up there, even if no-one else has a clue who I am or what I did.
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