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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 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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About the Black Southern Belle: The Black Southern Belle brand is the leading source for a diverse, curated network of vendors in the South.
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Doolan, who took over his Reddish Kennels following the death of former trainer Pat Branagh in 2007, got his first contract at Sheffield and then moved to Belle Vue after Martin Cutler and John Walton had departed Manchester in the opposite direction.
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He co-authored a book about some of his experiences, The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle.
In the dream, Belle receives a dancing lesson from the Goddess; this reminded me of Frederick Ashton's Cinderella when, at the end of Act I, the Fairy Godmother instructs Cinderella in the dances of the four seasons.
Looking at the incidence of antibodies to the virus in the general Belle Glade population, the researchers found no antibody-positives over 60 years old or between the ages of 2 and 10.
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