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 for limelight
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  lime light \lime" light`\, limelight \lime"light`\
     An intense light produced by heating lime. See Calcium
     light under Calcium.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  limelight \lime"light`\, n. (Theat.)
     That part of the stage upon which the limelight is cast,
     usually where the most important action is progressing or
     where the leading player or players are placed and upon which
     the attention of the spectators is therefore concentrated.
     Hence, a conspicuous position before the public; the center
     of public attention; -- used mostly in the phrase in the
     limelight; as, politicians who are never happy except in the
     limelight.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  limelight
      n 1: a focus of public attention; "he enjoyed being in the
           limelight"; "when Congress investigates it brings the full
           glare of publicity to the agency" [syn: limelight,
           spotlight, glare, public eye]
      2: a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime
         with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage
         lighting [syn: limelight, calcium light]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "limelight":
     PR, arc, arc light, ballyhoo, blurb, bright light, celebrity,
     color filter, common knowledge, cry, currency, daylight, dimmer,
     eclat, exposure, fame, famousness, floats, flood, floodlight,
     footlights, foots, gelatin, glare, hoopla, hue and cry,
     klieg light, light plot, lights, marquee, maximum dissemination,
     medium, notoriety, plug, press notice, public eye,
     public knowledge, public relations, public report, publicity,
     publicity story, publicness, puff, reclame, report, spot,
     spotlight, write-up
  
  

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