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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: LIME12 + light; because originally the light was produced by burning lime

limelight

noun
     
limeā€§light [singular, uncountable]
a situation in which someone receives a lot of attention, especially from newspapers, television etc
in/out of the limelight
Tad loves being in the limelight.
The president's wife wanted to stay out of the limelight.
She's afraid this new actor will steal the limelight from her.
his few moments of limelight in front of the cameras

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