legend in own time

a legend in (one's) own time

A person who has an extraordinary level of fame or reputation while they are still alive. The singer has made such a huge impact on the world of blues that she's come to be a legend in her own time.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

legend in one's own (life)time

Fig. someone who is very famous and widely known for doing something special. The young golfer became a legend in his own lifetime.
See also: legend, own, time
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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