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spotlight

1 noun
     
spot‧light1
1 [countable] a light with a very bright beam which can be directed at someone or something. Spotlights are often used to light a stage when actors or singers are performing:
The yard was lit by three huge spotlights.
under the spotlights
I was sweating under the spotlights.
in/into the spotlight
She stepped into the spotlight and began to sing.
2

the spotlight

a lot of attention in newspapers, on television etc
in/under the spotlight
Education is once again under the spotlight.
put/turn the spotlight on something
A new report has turned the spotlight on the problem of poverty in the inner cities.

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