Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put the spotlight on

put the spotlight on
Meaning(s)
1) focus attention on someone or something
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    • put the spotlight on the problem
  • Analysis
    A spotlight is a light which focuses on one person in a theatrical setting leaving everything else in the dark. If the 'spotlight is on' something or someone, it means that is the person or issue in focus at the moment. "The article put a spotlight on various issues our government has failed to tackle." "After the revelations yesterday, the spotlight is on Mrs Dowling to explain what really went on." This is an idiom that can be used in theatrical, political or professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The news report helped put the spotlight on corruption within the government.
    2. Her acclaimed performance in the movie put her in the spotlight, and soon other roles came flooding in.
    3. After the high profile scandal, the politician's personal life came under the spotlight.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. All of this controversy has put us in the spotlight and it is having a positive effect on sales.
    2. I really would prefer not to give the presentation, I get nervous when I am in the spotlight.
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