name in lights

your name in lights

to be famous and have your work recognized as especially important He was never interested in seeing his name in lights – he was always too busy having fun.
Usage notes: also used with see: I want to see my name in lights for writing this book!
Etymology: based on the brightly lit signs used to advertise the names of the most important actors in a show
See also: lights, name
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But don't expect the new hostess to get her name in lights.