the toast of (the town)

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the toast of (the town)

Someone who is especially well-liked, regarded, or admired in a certain place. The young entrepreneur's new tech innovation has made him the toast of the town in Silicon Valley. I hope you enjoy being the toast of London now, because such fame is always fleeting.
See also: of, toast
References in classic literature ?
He cringed before Dirkovitch as instinctively as he had pressed the spring of the candlestick, sought the picture of the drum-horse, and answered to the toast of the Queen.
He has never been, and probably never will be, the toast of London, or anywhere, but it doesn't matter.