the center of attention

the center of attention

The main focus of people's interest or attention. This phrase sometimes has a negative connotation when it refers to one who pursues or seems to crave attention. My little sister always has to be the center of attention, so of course her drama overshadowed my birthday party. And in this corner of the room, a gorgeous, three-tiered cake will be the center of attention.
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the center of attention

someone or something everyone notices Frost was the center of attention in the week before the game.
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Summary: Victoria Beckham was the center of attention at the 25th annnual British Fashion Awards.
Political scientists say that the low level of political culture, the battle for being in the center of attention, and the attempt to win more political points are the main reasons why politicians decide to use such language.
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Wolfe, Meryl Streep, Tonya Pinkins, Maurice Sendak, and many others make an appearance, but Kushner is always the center of attention.
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00), telling of Gooney Bird Greene, who likes to be the center of attention most of the time.
Built from 27,000 blocks of ice, the enormous royal house was the center of attention at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, which ran from Jan.
talking loudly, calling out, walking about the room, clowning and tossing things) are examples of students either being bored or wanting to be the center of attention.
The authors cover work with all of the parties involved in a specific context, including not only the one at the center of attention but also caregivers, health care professionals, the family, and the community at large.
For the German critic and art historian Wolfgang Max Faust the emphatic "return to painting" championed by the exhibition signaled nothing less than another crowning, originary moment in postwar art: "What the 1982 Venice Biennale and Documenta 7 did not or could not show is made the center of attention here.
The ark was even the center of attention in a religious "Ceremony of Hope," celebrated on the Lord's Day at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Complaining gives them a platform and makes them the center of attention.
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