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take center stage

To be the main focus. I'm not talking about my promotion today because my sister's engagement should take center stage. Her photos took center stage at the exhibit.
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take centre stage

COMMON If someone or something takes centre stage, they become the most significant or noticeable person or item in a situation. Note: `Centre' is spelled `center' in American English. This theme takes centre stage in his latest novel. Note: Verbs such as hold and occupy are also used instead of take. She has held centre stage for a decade now and has just enjoyed her biggest US hit in years. The summit is the first time he has occupied centre stage at an important international gathering since coming to power last year. Note: The stage referred to is in the theatre. The centre of the stage is the position where actors are most noticeable.
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In addition to the public projects taking center stage in the borough, ongoing private development spanning across various property types continues to transform the Queens landscape.
Edwin Dietel's article, "Recordkeeping Integrity: Assessing Records Content After Enron," explains that while records' form and format are important, the quality of content is taking center stage. Because of Enron and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Dietel writes, records managers need to become even more aware of valuing their primary subject matter--the information content of their corporate records.
Whether taking center stage or hiding in the audience, the contemporary performance artist must do battle with the ubiquity of the spectacle, which has not only eroded the body's presence but also limited its ability as a bearer of meaning.
Why have they stirred up so much controversy, taking center stage during the most heated debates?
Taking center stage in this latest book is the well-known Barbourian typology of conflict, independence, dialogue, and integration, a typology Barbour has successfully employed to survey and organize attitudes and positions theology and the natural sciences assume towards each other.
Taking center stage at Graph Expo, the largest printing and graphic arts exhibition in North America, Xerox launched an online "Premier Partners" channel to funnel print jobs to qualified members on the Web; the Pixography Solution that produces color documents for walk-up users; and the DocuColor DI Series of digital offset color presses, the company's first foray into digital offset printing.
Musicians playing traditional and contemporary tunes move beneath or behind the structures, sometimes taking center stage.