a legend in (one's) own lifetime

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a legend in (one's) own lifetime

A person who has an extraordinary level of fame or reputation while they are still alive. The singer has made such a huge impact on the world of blues that she's come to be a legend in her own lifetime. If you made a billion dollars by the time you were 23, you'd be a legend in your own lifetime too! Few artists seem to become legends in their own lifetimes—it's posthumous recognition that brings them fame.
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a legend in their own lifetime

a very famous or notorious person.
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