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In the Spotlight

Idiom: In the spotlight; used as a prepositional phrase

First Example:
Dani: How was the party last night?

Henry: It was pretty fun.  Tom was crazy.
Dani: What did he do?
Henry: He got drunk and performed a dance
routine in the living room. 
Dani: He does love being in the spotlight.
Henry: Yeah.  And then to make sure he still had everyone’s
attention, he jumped into the pool!
Dani: With his clothes on?
Henry: Yeah. He tried to get other people
to join him, but no one would.  Eventually,
he got out of the pool and took a cab home, but it was pretty funny.

The phrase “in the spotlight” means at the center of attention.  The idiom comes from the literal meaning of
being in a spotlight while onstage.  However,
the idiom can now be used in a non-literal sense when someone is at the center
of attention.  In the example, Tom loves
to be the center of attention, which explains his crazy antics.  Look at another example:

Marisol: Are you excited about your
presentation in class tomorrow?
Yoshi: Not really.  I hate being in the spotlight.  I get
nervous being in front of other people.
Marisol: Then you should try to shift the
Yoshi: What do you mean?
Marisol: Well, try to interact with your
audience so that it feels more like a conversation.  You have a lot of friends in that class.
Yoshi: That’s not a bad idea.  Thanks for the advice.

In this case, Yoshi does not like being at the center of
attention, and he isn’t looking forward to his presentation, so Marisol
suggests a way of making him feel less “in the spotlight.”

This idiom is from LSI’s new edition of “Reading
Horizons,” which will be used in the Level 6 Reading classes. For more
information, please visit

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