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catapult

2 verb
     
catapult2
1 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to push or throw something very hard so that it moves through the air very quickly:
Sam was catapulted into the air by the force of the blast.
2

catapult somebody to fame/stardom etc

to suddenly make someone very famous:
A remarkable series of events catapulted her into the limelight.

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