spotlight


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

be in the spotlight

1. Literally, to be positioned in a beam of light, typically while performing onstage. The director assured me that I would be in the spotlight for my solo.
2. By extension, to be the center of attention. My sister loves being in the spotlight, but I get really nervous on stage. Once news of this scandal breaks, our company will be in the spotlight for months.
See also: spotlight

put a spotlight on (someone or something)

To focus on or bring attention to someone or something. The article puts a spotlight on the need for government investment in public utilities and infrastructure. We're trying to put a spotlight on students who have made important contributions to the community.
See also: on, put, spotlight

shine a spotlight on (someone or something)

To focus on or bring attention to someone or something. The article shines a spotlight on the need for government investment in public utilities and infrastructure. We're trying to shine a spotlight on students who have made important contributions to the community.
See also: on, shine, spotlight

steal the show

To become the main focus of attention or deliver the most captivating performance in the presence of one or more others, typically unexpectedly. The opening band totally stole the show tonight—they were amazing. I'm sorry, I was trying to listen to your speech, but your adorable little sister stole the show when she came prancing out here.
See also: show, steal

in the limelight

At the center of attention. The phrase refers to a type of lamp that was previously used in theatrical stage lighting. My sister loves being in the limelight, but I get really nervous on stage. Once news of this scandal breaks, our company will be in the limelight for months. He handles the financial side of the business, but he prefers not to be in the limelight when it comes to promotions and marketing.
See also: limelight

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.
See also: spotlight

steal the spotlight

 and steal the show Fig.
to give the best performance in a show, play, or some other event; to get attention for oneself. The lead in the play was very good, but the butler stole the show. Ann always tries to steal the spotlight when she and I make a presentation.
See also: spotlight, steal

in the limelight

Also, in the spotlight. At the center of public attention or notoriety. For example, John loves being in the limelight, or The reporters made sure the attractive new actress would be in the spotlight. Both terms come from the theater and allude to focusing light on an important person, the first from a lighting device used from about 1840 on, the second from the early 1900s. Also see in the public eye; steal the show.
See also: limelight

steal the show

Also, steal the spotlight. Be the center of attention, as in The speeches were interesting but Eliza's singing stole the show. This idiom alludes to unexpectedly outshining the rest of the cast in a theatrical production. [First half of 1900s]
See also: show, steal

steal the show

COMMON If someone or something in a show or other event steals the show, they are more impressive or amusing than anyone or anything else and, as a result, get more attention or praise. All three singers gave impressive performances but it was Domingo who stole the show. It's Jack Lemmon who finally steals the show, turning in his finest performance in years. Note: You can describe someone or something that gets more attention than other people or things as a show-stealer. The show-stealer at Citywalk, however, isn't some Hollywood megastar, but a giant gorilla that hangs like King Kong from the front of the store.
See also: show, steal

steal the show

attract the most attention and praise.
See also: show, steal

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.
See also: spotlight

steal the ˈshow

attract more attention and praise than other people in a particular situation: Actors don’t like working with animals because they often steal the show.
See also: show, steal
References in periodicals archive ?
Spotify Spotlight is like rich media MP3 podcasts, which have changing album artwork or have embedded links, chapter markers and other additional features, as pointed out by (https://techcrunch.
Currently, SciVal Spotlight is being integrated into the systems of four universities: National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, St.
After gaining control of Birkdale at the start of this month Mr Harvey and Mr Moore resigned from the once-mighty Spotlight.
Leveraged Finance Spotlight - Calpine Corporation' (June 21, 2012);
For tickets to the Spotlight Awards, call (213) 972-3300.
Spotlight 29 Casino encourages fans to purchase tickets early for this special Valentine's Day concert with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
The EasyLED Spotlight Plus features a wide range power pack that covers a range of 100 to 240 V and 50 to 60 Hz.
Don't miss this special evening with the American singer-songwriting legend, Dwight Yoakam, at the Spotlight 29 Casino Spotlight Showroom on Saturday, February 1st.
The concept of the Spotlight Awards came from one of our volunteers,'' Music Center spokeswoman Barbara Haig said.
Allegiance Spotlight finds high-value insights in big datasets in seconds -
com)-- Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to present a special concert by country crooner Josh Turner on Friday, October 25th at 8:00 p.
Rod Stratton of Sylmar, Patricia MacNeil of Topanga and Virginia Rafelson of Canoga Park were honored at the American Red Cross' annual Spotlight Awards for their exemplary service.
com)-- Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to present a spectacular multi-media New Year's Eve concert with the world's number one Bee Gees Tribute band, Stayin' Alive, on Tuesday, December 31st, at 8:00 p.
The hard work of each of these Ventura County teen-agers has paid off in a chance at a Spotlight Award - a prize recognizing 12 of the most promising performing arts students in the Southland.
PrecisionIR Group launched Company Spotlight in March of this year as an investor relations showcase for more than 25,000 publicly traded companies.