Entertainment – English idioms and sayings

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A pupil who frequently makes jokes or pokes fun.
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class clown
Every class has its class clown who makes jokes all the time.

To make yourself appear foolish or stupid.
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to make a clown of yourself
I shouldn't have worn this costume, I made a clown of myself.

To be the centre of attention.
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to be in the limelight
She would do anything to be in the limelight.

Something that is very old-fashioned and should no longer be used.
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museum piece
This is not a computer, it's a museum piece.

A show or other event that has been organized in order to get people's support or to persuade them to buy something.
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dog and pony show
Every supermarket organizes a lot of dog and pony shows.

Something that we say which means that an event or activity must continue even if there are problems or difficulties.
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the show must go on
I don't like my work, but the show must go on, I have to earn my living.

To be in charge of an organization or an activity.
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to run the show
It is a huge project, I wouldn't like to be the one who runs the show, there's a lot of responsibility.

An event that provokes such a strong reaction that it stops whatever's happening.
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show stopper
His joke was a real show stopper, everybody just stared at him.

To sing with vigour or intensity.
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to sing your heart out
No matter that she sang out of tune, she really sang her heart out.

With lots of famous people.
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star-studded
Every TV programme has its own star-studded event.

To win the greatest praise and to be better than anyone else.
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to steal the show
Jenny always steals the show, wherever she goes.

To make everybody laugh.
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to bring the house down
This comedy just brought the house down.

To make a fool of oneself.
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to be laughed out of court
I was laughed out of court when I asked who Lady Gaga was.


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