life of the party

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life of the party (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A person who participates in entertainment events in a very enthusiastic manner and who has a leading role in inspiring others to join in the spirit of festivity.
    • 1846, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, ch. 37,
      ‘You were the life of the party last night, Ma'am, you know,’ returned Flowers, ‘and you suffer for it, to-day, you see.’
    • 1915, Edward Stratemeyer, The Rover Boys in Business, ch. 30,
      Tom was the life of the party, and the way he "cut up" was "simply awful," as Nellie declared.

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