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15 minutes of fame

A brief period of celebrity or notoriety. The term was coined by artist Andy Warhol. Jane had her 15 minutes of fame when she appeared on the nightly news broadcast.
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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.
See also: claim, fame

house of ill fame

A brothel or house of prostitution. Though obviously in decline in recent years, houses of ill fame can still be found in the seedier parts of the city.
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house of ill repute

euphemism A place where prostitutes are available for hire; a brothel. Please don't tell me that the media got a picture of the senator leaving a house of ill repute over the weekend. Though obviously in decline in recent years, houses of ill repute can still be found in the seedier parts of the city.
See also: house, ill, of, repute

What price (something)?

A question indicating one's doubt that an achievement is or was worth the cost in terms of the problems it has led to or the sacrifices that it required. Most commonly seen in the phrase "What price fame?" When you have to have a security detail just to go to the grocery store, you have to ask: What price fame? What price wealth, when you sell out everything you believe in along the way?
See also: price, what

house of ill repute

 and house of ill fame
Euph. a house of prostitution. The sign says "Health Club," but everyone knows it's a house of ill repute. He made a lot of money by running a house of ill fame.
See also: house, ill, of, repute

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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a claim to fame

COMMON A person or place's claim to fame is something quite important or interesting that they have done or that is connected with them. Barbara Follett's greatest claim to fame is that she taught Labour MPs how to look good on television. The town's ancient castle was its main claim to fame.
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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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what price —?

1 used to ask what has become of something or to suggest that something has or would become worthless. 2 used to state that something seems unlikely.
1 1991 New Scientist What price modern medicine with its reliance on the prescription pad, and the slavish devotion to pills?
See also: price, what

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.
See also: claim, fame

claim to fame, one's

A characteristic for which a person or thing is particularly noted. For example, describing a bridge player who won several big titles, Alan Truscott wrote, “He had three other claims to fame. His friends knew him as an extraordinary raconteur, and . . . he was addicted to opening the bidding in a three-card major suit and perpetrated outrageous psychic bids” (New York Times, April 13, 2000). This twentieth-century cliché undoubtedly owes its popularity to its rhyme.
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4a demonstrates that crystallization temperature had a small effect on the composition of FAME under the temperature range we studied.
A slight improvement of approximately 2% was found for the purity of unsaturated FAME when crystallization temperature was lowered from 30C to 5C (Fig.
Urea-to-FAME ratio was the primary determining factor for the separation of unsaturated FAME by urea complexation when comparing with 95% ethanol-to-FAME ratio and crystallization temperature as we can see from the discussion above.
The results showed that the percentage of unsaturated FAME increased considerably compared with the initial FAME mixture some even greater than 98%.
The purity of unsaturated FAME (Y1) and recovery of FAME in NUCF (Y2) were fitted in modified quadratic regression model and linear regression model respectively.
For the purity of unsaturated FAME (Y1) all the linear terms of three variables the square term of urea-to-FAME ratio and the interaction between urea-to-FAME ratio and crystallization temperature were highly significant (pless than 0.01).
The response surfaces for the purity of unsaturated FAME (Y1) and the recovery of FAME in NUCF (Y2) are shown in Fig.
###Urea / FAME (X1)###95% ethanol/FAME (X2)###Crystallization temperature (X3)###Purity (Y1)###Recovery (Y2)
Table-2: Analysis of variance (ANOVA) for the purity of unsaturated FAME (Y1).
Table-3: Analysis of variance (ANOVA) for the recovery of FAME in NUCF (Y2).
Optimal conditions of the experiment to obtain maximum yield meanwhile to maintain the purity of unsaturated FAME greater than 98% (As raw
materials for plasticizer the unsaturated FAME content must be larger than 98%) were determined by ridge analysis.