place in the sun

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Possibly a calque from:

  • a. 1662, Blaise Pascal, Pensees:
    Mien, tien – Ce chien est à moi, disaient ces pauvres enfants. C'est là ma place au soleil. Voilà le commencement et l'image de l'usurpation de toute la terre.
    Mine, thine. – "This dog is mine," said those poor children; "that is my place in the sun." Here is the beginning and the image of the usurpation of all the earth.


place in the sun (plural places in the sun)

  1. A favorable position.
    • 1908, Laurie Magnus, English literature in the nineteenth century: an essay in criticism, page 32:
      that all conscious or seeming-conscious life is worthy of a place in the sun; that the hodman at his plough, the daisy in the field, and the lover with his lass, are alike a part of Nature's pageant
    • 1992, Mark A. Noll, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada‎, page 311:
      And beyond the Christian orbit, other religious groups, at first Jews but then others as well, began to claim a place in the sun.
  2. Recognition, fame.
    • 1972, Ben Barr Lindsey, The companionate marriage‎, page 72:
      Jealousy is simply another way of demanding one's place in the sun – or under the domestic spotlight – a place in the center of the stage, as an exclusive object of consideration and attention.
  3. Used other than a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see place,‎ sun.