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famous last words

A statement or claim that is promptly undone or disproved. This phrase is often humorously or preemptively. A reference to the final words one says before one dies. A: "I can't believe the ER has been so quiet today!" B: "Ugh, famous last words for sure." A: "There's no way we'll get stuck in traffic." B: "Famous last words. Look what's ahead."
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famous for being famous

Said of someone who is well-known only for being a fixture in the media, rather than having a particular talent or achievement. She's not even an actress—she's just famous for being famous.
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famous for 15 minutes

Experiencing brief period of celebrity or notoriety. A variation on "15 minutes of fame," a term coined by artist Andy Warhol. Jane was famous for 15 minutes after appearing on the nightly news broadcast.
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famous last words

Fig. assertions that are almost immediately countered. (Sarcastic.) A: I said I would never speak to her again in my entire life! B: Famous last words! You just said hello to her.
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famous last words

A phrase used to express disbelief, rejection, or self-deprecation. For example, They said we'd get an extra bonus at Christmas-famous last words! or This book is bound to make the best-seller list-famous last words! This expression alludes to grandiose statements about human affairs that prove to be untrue, such as "This is the war to end all wars," or "We must make the world safe for democracy." [Late 1930s]
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famous last words

You say famous last words, after you claim that something will definitely happen in a certain way, in order to suggest, humorously, that you may be proved wrong. No, I think this time, I'll manage just fine on my own. Famous last words. `Yes, it's all under control.' said Bertie, adding `Famous last words.' with a grin. Note: You can also use famous last words to admit that you were in fact wrong about something. When I set out from Birmingham I thought, at least I'll be finished early. Famous last words.
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famous for being famous

having no recognizable reason for your fame other than high media exposure.
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famous for fifteen minutes

(especially of an ordinary person) enjoying a brief period of fame before fading back into obscurity.
In 1968 , the pop artist Andy Warhol ( 1927–87 ) predicted that ‘in the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes’. Short-lived celebrity or notoriety is now often referred to as fifteen minutes of fame .
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famous last words

said as an ironic comment on or reply to an overconfident assertion that may well soon be proved wrong by events.
This expression apparently originated as a catchphrase in mid 20th-century armed forces' slang.
2000 Canberra Sunday Times Speaking from New York, he said ‘I expect NASDAQ to fall more than another 5–10 per cent. Famous last words, but I expect it to break 3000, that is about a 20 per cent descent.’
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ˌfamous ˌlast ˈwords

(informal, humorous) used when you think somebody has been too optimistic about something and is likely to be wrong: ‘The journey will only take an hour on the high-speed train.’ ‘Famous last words! That train is always late!’
Last words in this idiom refers to words spoken by somebody just before they die.
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The slanderers, who turned my public face to coal, have lost the power they once had over my soul, now that I don't want to be famous anymore.
Our famous namesakes will feature in a daily column - and the best five "Name-A-Likes" will receive a selection box of Real Crisps.
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Famous Five on a Secret Mission is the latest instalment in the evolution of a story, which began when Enid Blyton penned the first of many Famous Five adventures in 1942.
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The film brings trees to life and gives them some characteristics that people might not have considered before--as witnesses to our nation's history," said Jeff Meyer, coordinator of AMERICAN FORESTS' Famous & Historic Trees program.
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As early as the 14th century, Amsterdammers were turning a near profit on their famous beer, the beverage of choice in a time before water filters.
Most travellers will arrive at the capital, Guatemala City, and from there set off for destinations like Atitlan Volcano, which rises 12,664 feet above its famous namesake lake.
As operators of the new locations, the O'Neals bring over 20 years of foodservice and hospitality industry experience to Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que([R])restaurants with companies such as Sysco Foodservice, California Cafe, Crocodile Cafe and Paragon Steakhouse.
GarethThomas Age: 38 Famous as: Gay Welsh rugby ace and Celeb BB star Bookies odds: 14/1 AntheaTurner Age: 52 Famous as: The original golden girl of GMTV Bookies odds: 50/1 JoePasquale Age: 51 Famous as: Squeaky comic who won I'm A Celebrity.