1. at the center of public attention
be in the limelight due to something
If you are 'in the limelight' it means you are at the centre of attention or in the public eye. The limelight is a 'spotlight' that was used on the stage many years ago and so this expression means the same as being 'in the spotlight'. If you are 'in the limelight' it is likely that people are talking about you and interested in your actions.