to steal the limelight

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - steal the limelight

"to steal the limelight"

to get more attention than anyone or anything else in a situation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - steal the limelight

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why have we not announced our amazing new breakthrough product?

Colleague 2:  We want to unveil it at the upcoming trade show and have everyone's attention focused on us.

Colleague 1:  Good plan. Steal the limelight from the big-name competitors.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - steal the limelight

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Look at Rebecca. Can you believe that dress she is wearing?

Friend 2:  Even at a friend's bridal shower, she has to steal the limelight.

Friend 1:  She does like to be the center of attention.

to steal the limelight - Usage:


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to steal the limelight - Gerund Form:

Stealing the limelight is a common practice for politicians.

to steal the limelight - Examples:

1)  While neither managed to steal the limelight in the main event, they put on quite an early show for the fans.

2)  ... over-the-top facial expressions inspiring emoticons and going viral online - is set to steal the limelight when she visits Hong Kong this weekend.

3)  ... managed to turn heads thanks to her kooky flair for fashion. Steal the limelight in a sexy evening dress like ...

4)  ... has the right neutral color and small size so it won't steal the limelight that much.

5)  She manages to steal the limelight even from some of the most established and legendary characters, offering both heart and ...

6)  Will a dark horse candidate emerge and steal the limelight?

7)  Expect plenty of energetic attacks from braggadocious young French riders looking to steal the limelight on their national day of celebration.

8)  ... the stress in the city continues, as violent shootouts and picketing police steal the limelight.

9)  ... the other toys lurking in the scene, they're just trying to steal the limelight.

10)  Prince George has once again proven that he can steal the limelight of a photo -- even when it includes four generations of the Royal Family.

11)  It's pathologically selfish to try to steal the limelight from those who are at actual risk of suicide, and not just pretending to ...

12)  While everyone is fixated on the Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg is looking to steal the limelight away from the 1,500 hp hypercar with the production version of its Regera.

13)  ... and was able to steal the limelight with a Twitter threat to sue his closest competitor.

14)  ... as with any good ensemble comedy, the supporting players often threaten to steal the limelight

15)  Paulo is a humble and genuine guy who had no desire to steal the limelight when he arrived.

16)  ... the First Lady-to be managed to consistently steal the limelight from her husband in a variety of Jackie O-esque ensembles.

17)  From bold colour to chic monochrome, make sure you always steal the limelight. Naturally, sparkly pieces and fabrics with a high sheen always take centre stage.

18)  While it wasn't her birthday, the mum-to-be managed to completely steal the limelight in her flesh flashing garbs.

19)  It isn't easy to steal the limelight from the guy many consider to be the last real movie star in Hollywood.

20)  ... but when he gets a chance to steal the limelight back, he takes it.