in/under the spotlight

in the spotlight

 
1. Fig. in the beam of a spotlight, as on a stage. The singer was in the spotlight but the band was almost in the dark.
2. and in the limelight Fig. at the center of attention. (Limelight refers to an obsolete type of spotlight, and the word occurs only in this phrase.) John will do almost anything to get himself into the limelight. I love being in the spotlight. All elected officials spend a lot of time in the limelight.
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in/under the ˈspotlight

getting attention from newspapers, television and the public: Unemployment has once again come under the spotlight.He’s a shy man, who really doesn’t enjoy being in the spotlight.
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