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fifteen minutes of fame (or famous for fifteen minutes)

Definition of fifteen minutes of fame or famous for fifteen minutes in English:

Used with reference to a brief period of fame enjoyed by an ordinary person.
[From a remark made by Andy Warhol in 1968, predicting that in the future, everyone would be ‘world famous for fifteen minutes’]
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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