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be the talk of the town

To be a person or topic that many people are currently talking about in a certain area (typically a small town), most often due to their involvement in some recent event. My brother was the talk of the town after leading the team to a state championship. How did you not hear about the fire at city hall last night? It's the talk of the town!
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the talk of the town

A person or topic that many people are currently talking about in a certain area, typically due to recent eventfulness. My brother was the talk of the town after leading the high school team to a state championship. How did you not hear about the fire at city hall last night? It's the talk of the town!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

talk of the town, the

A subject of considerable gossip, as in Turning up drunk at the debutante ball will certainly make you the talk of the town. Already mentioned in two Latin sources, this expression surfaced in English in the mid-1600s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

talk of the town, the

The latest gossip, a widespread rumor. This term appears in at least two Latin sources, Horace’s Satires and Ovid’s Amores (“You do not know it, but you are the talk of the town”). Samuel Pepys used the expression in his Diary (Sept. 2, 1661): “Though he be a fool, yet he keeps much company, and will tell all he sees or hears, so a man may understand what the common talk of the town is.” Since its earliest publication, in 1925, the New Yorker magazine has carried a department called “Talk of the Town,” at one time written entirely by James Thurber, and consisting of short articles of current interest.
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The Talk of the Town Awards, presented by Talk of the Town News, honor companies and professionals that provide excellent customer service as reported by their customers through no-cost, user-review websites, blogs, social networks, business rating services, and other honors and accolades.
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THE GOSSIP that's not what i heard: Fresh from rockin' Ladyfest attendees within an inch of their wits, Northwest talks-of-the-town the Gossip return this fall with more of that punk wallop that makes them, well, the talk of the town. (And you thought it was just out and proud Beth Ditto who was making all those fans scream!) (Kill Rock Stars, November 14)
Pittsburgh, PA, December 16, 2015 --(PR.com)-- With the highest possible rating of 5 stars, Pittsburgh's Christian Home Healthcare has received the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award for the fifth straight year.
Brandon Elliott and the Elliott Homes LLC team have been building on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for more than seven years and are honored to receive the Talk of the Town Award for a third straight year.
Coppola and the team at Northeast Children's Dentistry have been serving the community for more than three decades and are honored to receive the Talk of the Town Award for a fifth straight year.
Each year, the Talk of the Town Awards are presented by Talk of the Town News to honor companies and professionals that provide excellent customer service as reported by their customers through no-cost, user-review websites, blogs, social networks, business rating services, and other honors and accolades.
"Receiving the Talk of the Town Award again means a lot to our company," says Jim McCormack, owner of McCormack Roofing, Construction & Energy Solutions.
Winning the Talk of the Town Award is a source of pride for the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry.