One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used with reference to a brief period of fame enjoyed by an ordinary person.
- ‘Could this have been my fifteen minutes of fame?’
- ‘It seems everyone really does want their fifteen minutes of fame - bar none.’
- ‘In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.’
- ‘Even the humblest of trainers can have his fifteen minutes of fame.’
- ‘After all, they too deserved their fifteen minutes of fame.’
- ‘Sole survivors rarely enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, particularly when their work covers an obscure escape.’
- ‘The parties went on into the small hours, with the usual suspects in attendance, plus a few who were trying to milk their fifteen minutes of fame.’
- ‘The lives, loves and actions of everybody are shrunk down so that everyone can have their fifteen minutes of fame.’
- ‘He afforded everyone their fifteen minutes of fame.’
- ‘It was (one of) my fifteen minutes of fame, and I still get a thrill seeing my name up there, even if no-one else has a clue who I am or what I did.’
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