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- (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.
- 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.
- 1950 January 2, “Headliners of the 1920s”, in Life, page 46:
- They were the life of the party and everyone loves them, even though it was not a party that the nation can afford to throw again.