Definition of limelight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

limelight

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈlaɪmlaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪmlaɪt//
 
(also the limelight)[uncountable]
 
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the centre of public attention to be in the limelight to stay out of the limelight to steal/hog the limelight (= take attention away from other people)Extra examples He was never a man to seek the limelight. She accused her co-star of trying to hog the limelight. She likes being in the limelight. The band started touring again after two years out of the limelight. an ordinary person who was suddenly thrust into the limelight
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