In The Limelight




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In The Limelight : Phrases



Meaning:

To be prominent or important.


Example:

Premier Gord Campbell was used to being
in the limelight until the NDP sucked his mellon dry.


Origin:

Before the days of electricity, lime was used as a source of illumination in Victorian theaters since the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen on the surface of lime produced a very bright light. Beams of this light were used to shine on the stage, but not all the stage could be lit up at once - hence some actors were in the limelight and others not.







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