someone's claim to fame


someone's claim to fame
(someone's) claim to fame a reason for a person or place to be well known or famous.

The town's main claim to fame is that the President was born here.

His only claim to fame is that he nearly met Princess Diana.

(humorous)

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  • claim to fame — (someone s) claim to fame a reason for a person or place to be well known or famous. The town s main claim to fame is that the President was born here. His only claim to fame is that he nearly met Princess Diana. (humorous) …   New idioms dictionary

  • claim to fame — often humorous phrase the thing that makes a person or place famous or interesting My claim to fame is that I once shook hands with Nelson Mandela. Thesaurus: fame and renownsynonym Main entry: claim * * * a reason for being regarded as unusual… …   Useful english dictionary

  • claim — [[t]kle͟ɪm[/t]] ♦ claims, claiming, claimed 1) VERB If you say that someone claims that something is true, you mean they say that it is true but you are not sure whether or not they are telling the truth. [V that] He claimed that it was all a… …   English dictionary

  • fame — [feım] n [U] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: Latin fama report, fame ] the state of being known about by a lot of people because of your achievements win/achieve/gain/find fame ▪ Streisand won fame as a singer before she became an actress …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • claim — claim1 [ kleım ] verb *** ▸ 1 say something is true ▸ 2 say something is yours ▸ 3 when something kills someone ▸ 4 need attention/time ▸ 5 win prize in sport 1. ) transitive to say that something is true, even though there is no definite proof:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • claim — 1 /kleIm/ verb 1 (T) to state that something is true, even though it has not been proved: claim (that): Gascoigne claimed he d been dining with friends at the time of the murder. | claim to be: She claims to be a descendant of Charles Dickens. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • claim */*/*/ — I UK [kleɪm] / US verb Word forms claim : present tense I/you/we/they claim he/she/it claims present participle claiming past tense claimed past participle claimed 1) a) [transitive] to say that something is true, even though there is no definite …   English dictionary

  • fame — noun (U) the state of being known about by a lot of people because of your achievements : win fame/rise to fame: Streisand first won fame as a singer before she became an actress. | at the height of your fame: The Beatles were at the height of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • claim*/*/*/ — [kleɪm] verb I 1) [T] to say that something is true, even though there is no definite proof He claims he is innocent.[/ex] The organization claims to represent more than 20, 000 firms.[/ex] 2) [I/T] to ask for something that belongs to you, or to …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • fame — [ feım ] noun uncount ** the state of being famous: Kundera achieved international fame while banned in his own country. rise/shoot to fame (=become famous quickly): Albert Finney rose to fame in the British cinema of the early Sixties. fame and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English