Definition of limelight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪmlʌɪt/


1 (the limelight) The focus of public attention: the shock win has thrust him into the limelight
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  • As that group of teenagers continue to hog the limelight, Doumbe is relieved to be emerging from the shadows.
  • Similarly, Nilambur continues to hog the limelight when it comes to earthenware.
  • The oldies hog the limelight, leaving the modern beauties crying for attention.
the focus of attention, public attention, public notice, public interest, the public eye, media attention, media interest;
public recognition, publicity, the glare of publicity, prominence, exposure, hype, glare, the spotlight;
2Intense white light obtained by heating lime, formerly used in theatres.


steal (or hog) the limelight

informal Draw the focus of attention to oneself at the expense of others: she’s careful not to steal the limelight
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  • Olga, the Giant Pacific Octopus, is stealing the limelight at the popular aquatic centre.
  • His delightful bride stole the limelight as she looked simply magnificent as she strolled up the aisle in St Mary's Cathedral.
  • He made her tone it down so she would not steal the limelight.
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