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the belle of the ball

The woman who draws the most attention in a certain social situation. Honey, in this beautiful prom gown, you'll be the belle of the ball!
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belle of the ball

the most admired and successful woman on a particular occasion.
The belle of the ball was originally the girl or woman regarded as the most beautiful and popular at a dance.
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belle of the ball, the

The most beautiful or most popular person present. The word belle, for “beautiful woman,” came into English directly from French in the early seventeenth century. After balls and similar grand social occasions became relatively rare, the original meaning—the reigning beauty at a dance—was widened to include the outstanding individual (male or female) at virtually any gathering. Today the term is often used ironically, for someone who would like to be so regarded.
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belle of the ball

The most appealing woman at a dance or another social occasion. “Ball” refers to a formal dance, at which there was usually one female who was the cynosure of all male eyes. At other occasions too—case in point: Scarlett O'Hara at the barbecue at Tara where men fell all over themselves to fetch her a plate of food. Fiddle-dee-dee indeed.
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The heartbreaking announcement about her death, made by her family, said: "Our brave Belle sadly lost her fight and passed away peacefully on the 5th of April.
Belle's condition meant she is susceptible to infection and didn't go to school between October and April, and instead being homeschooled.
Belle's real-estate business also contributed P3.4 billion in revenues, up 9 percent from P3.1 billion in 2017.
Of the total amount, Belle said P2.4 billion came from lease of the land and buildings comprising City of Dreams Manila to Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corp.
Environmental assessments conducted by DNR staff show that the Detroit Grand Prixs presence on Belle Isle Park has little to no long-term impact on area wildlife and natural areas.
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Based on Belle's proposal, the additional one-hectare lot long-held by the group beside the CoD Manila site would be used mainly to create new non-gaming facilities.