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Hollywood moment

1. A highly dramatic act or moment, as might happen in a film. I'll never forget that Hollywood moment with my first love, standing out in the rain, awaiting the train that would take her away from me forever.
2. A moment or period of time when one or one's actions are featured in a film. The local sheriff had his Hollywood moment this afternoon as a film crew followed his day-to-day activities for an upcoming documentary.
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Old Hollywood

Describing the period of the American film industry (based in Hollywood, California) lasting roughly from 1920-1960, usually regarded as a time of great glamour and associated with stars like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. The term is often used to refer to fashions that reflect those of that era. "Casablanca" and "Gone with the Wind" are two very famous Old Hollywood films. I'm not surprised she went with a glitzy Old Hollywood look tonight—it really suited her perfectly.
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1. mod. having phony glitter. Who is this Hollywood dame who just came in?
2. n. a gaudily dressed person in sunglasses. (Also a term of address.) Ask Hollywood over there to take off his shades and make himself known.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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