claim to fame

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claim to fame

The reason why someone or something is famous or well-known. I've heard that name before—what's his claim to fame? Jeff's big claim to fame is being on that reality show for one episode.
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someone's claim to fame

someone's reason for being well-known or famous. Her claim to fame is that she can recite the entire works of Shakespeare.
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claim to fame

a reason for being regarded as unusual or noteworthy (often used when the reason cited is comical, bizarre, or trivial).
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ˌclaim to ˈfame

(often humorous) one thing that makes a person or place important or interesting: His main claim to fame is that he went to school with the President.
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Write to: Claim to Fame, Sports Desk, Evening Telegraph, Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1FP, fax us on 024 7625 2164 or e-mail cet_sports@mrn.
His greatest claim to fame for me was that he was actually Welsh.
His claim to fame, slaying dragons, is the common thread that runs through the stories around his life and legacy.
As for quality, he says, "Our claim to fame is consistency-- flatter film.
But being the only hotel in the United States to provide fresh filtered air to each room isn't the Sheraton's only claim to fame.
But at least the new look complements the performance of the over-rated presenter whose main claim to fame is presiding over the demise of the once successful Question of Sport.
His first claim to fame, of course, is being one of the most exciting and original science fiction writers of the second half of the twentieth century (and the first African American to explore this literary space), to which he has added deserved reputations as one of the most astute critics of SF and as a writer of a demanding form of fantasy that combines the subgenre of sword-and-sorcery with poststructuralist theory - what we might call a hybrid species of critical fiction.
The rock, ultimately found to hail from Mars, now has another claim to fame.
Casey's big claim to fame is that he got shouted down at the Democratic Convention for being anti-abortion, and that he's got more replacement parts than a Cambridge Volvo.
Question: What would you do if you ran a restaurant in a little Mojave Desert town, whose main claim to fame was scorching summer heat?
Its claim to fame began back in 1987 when it predicted the ominous stock market crash nine months in advance.
It was Claire and her family, who live in Oxfordshire, who discovered Peter's claim to fame.
Other famous names turned out, too, including Sir Ben Kingsley, director Baz Luhrmann, Selma Blair with hubby Ahmet Zappa, and Kristin Cavalleri, whose latest claim to fame is being linked with Nick Lachey.
CLAIM TO FAME Gen stars as 18-year-old Kris Furillo in the new ABC Family drama series Wildfire, premiering June 20, 8 p.
Each feisty female merits a section called Vital Stats, which lists her full name, how you pronounce it, claim to fame, dates of birth and death, nationality, and cause of death.