Meaning of star in English:


Pronunciation /stɑː/

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  • 1A fixed luminous point in the night sky which is a large, remote incandescent body like the sun.

    True stars were formerly known as the fixed stars, to distinguish them from the planets or wandering stars. They are gaseous spheres consisting primarily of hydrogen and helium, there being an equilibrium between the compressional force of gravity and the outward pressure of radiation resulting from internal thermonuclear fusion reactions. Some six thousand stars are visible to the naked eye, but there are actually more than a hundred thousand million in our own Galaxy, while billions of other galaxies are known

    ‘This new heat supply causes the outer layers of the star to expand and cool, and the star becomes a red giant, or a red supergiant if it is very massive.’
    • ‘But Tarenghi is most thrilled about the observations of pulsating stars known as Cepheid variables.’
    • ‘Later, astronomers further scrutinized this star with the Hubble Space Telescope.’
    • ‘But he visits one website and his declining star goes super nova.’
    • ‘Luminous stars flecked the black night sky like fireflies.’
    • ‘The red star below the saucepan is ‘Betelgeuse’ and is a supergiant star about 320 light years distant.’
    • ‘This was done by using Hubble to peer halfway across the universe to find ancient exploding stars called supernovae.’
    • ‘The group of astronomers studied a sample of 74 red supergiant stars in the Milky Way.’
    • ‘Astronomers know little about the strength of stellar winds around young stars and red dwarfs.’
    • ‘In the early 1800s William Herschel counted stars in different directions.’
    • ‘This is an easy way to differentiate Mars or Saturn from the stars at night.’
    • ‘The planet, more than twice the size of Jupiter, orbits two stars, a pulsar and a white dwarf that linked together about a billion years ago.’
    • ‘So next time you go out at night to watch the stars with a group of friends and you have to share the only telescope, be patient.’
    • ‘A stellar-mass black hole forms when a heavy star collapses under its own weight in a supernova explosion.’
    • ‘Many planets have been found revolving around stars outside the Solar System.’
    • ‘Most neutron stars are created when a large star dies as a supernova.’
    • ‘Previous attempts to measure a neutron star's redshift focused on a star with an enormous magnetic field.’
    • ‘Apart from the sun, our own star, the nearest star to us is Proxima Centauri, 4.2 light years away.’
    • ‘The Sun will then continue its life as a red giant star, but not for long.’
    • ‘Similarly Sirius, the most luminous star in all the heavens, actually has a faint companion.’
    celestial body, heavenly body, sun
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  • 2A conventional or stylized representation of a star, typically having five or more points.

    ‘the walls were painted with silver moons and stars’
    • ‘At the top center of the outer ring is a crescent moon alongside five stars, representing the five tribes and the nation's Islamic heritage.’
    • ‘The upper triangle is red with a yellow bird of paradise; the lower triangle is black with five white stars representing the Southern Cross.’
    • ‘The comforter was a dark blue, with silver moons and lavender stars on it.’
    • ‘The bed itself was a dark blue with silver moons and stars, much as the bed set she used for college.’
    • ‘There are five stars floating in a circle around her head.’
    • ‘Some candidates have a ring of stars indicating they are running for Europe.’
    • ‘This too is framed with metal and all along it has diamond shaped plates with a shining star symbol engraved in each diamond.’
    • ‘The holographic head nodded, and I saw the huge star symbol on the pyramid had opened up.’
    • ‘After all the star was the symbol of the St Lucia Labour Party.’
    • ‘Inside the pages were blank, on the cover was the Pentagram, and by the right bottom point of the star, was the symbol Deas.’
    • ‘The file was marked with the symbol of a four-pointed star and a cobra head on it.’
    • ‘The dancers place the pots on their heads above festive symbols such as the star, sun, lotus, swastika etc.’
    • ‘The stars bear symbols of hope, peace and love in 10 different languages.’
    • ‘The locations of two mutations that could not be recovered in vivo are indicated by solid stars.’
    • ‘The locations of the images of one of the two original samples are indicated by the other stars.’
    • ‘Tikima was holding a small flag that read Celestias High and bore the Celestias High symbol, a star with wings on each side.’
    • ‘The symbols were a star, a triangle, a circle, a square, and wavy lines.’
    • ‘From the angle he walked, Tal could make out the symbol of an eight-point star on the cape.’
    • ‘The location of the Burgess fauna is indicated by a star on the continent of Laurentia (western North America).’
    • ‘She gave me her phone number in blue felt tip, with little blue stars by her name.’
    1. 2.1A star-shaped symbol used to indicate a category of excellence.
      ‘the hotel has three stars’
      • ‘MPs suggested giving ferries star ratings’
      • ‘Local authorities can receive up to three stars - indicating excellent - for their performance.’
      • ‘The star ratings were awarded after all trusts were assessed against key targets from April 2003 to March 2004.’
      • ‘The project received one star, in a system where no stars indicates poor and three excellent.’
      • ‘The star ratings, launched this year by the Department of Health, cover all councils in England with social services responsibilities.’
      • ‘The Government has announced it is scrapping the star ratings system for NHS services and is considering a replacement.’
      • ‘A children's sun spray from Nivea claimed a UVA star rating of three, yet the tests found it was two.’
      • ‘One of the problems with the star ratings is that the margin of failure needs only to be quite small for vital stars to be lost.’
      • ‘Mr Skelton said the star ratings did not reflect the continuing hard work and commitment of staff.’
      • ‘Wiltshire Ambulance has been awarded no stars in NHS performance ratings for two consecutive years after failing to meet response time targets.’
      • ‘Two stars indicate sites that really must be visited; one star designates sites that should not be missed if you are in the area.’
      • ‘Making a best and worst film list for the year is a task some critics love and I've usually avoided, for the same reason that I avoid giving ratings or stars.’
      • ‘Gucci's Rush, which he gave five stars, smelt like ‘an infant's breath mixed with his mother's hair spray’.’
      • ‘He is the only man to have been awarded five stars on the Hollywood Walk of fame and this collection is a worthy testament to his singing talents.’
      • ‘If you're planning to take the kids with you, Emirates has to be the choice because it rated five stars for assisting parents with children.’
      • ‘Overall, four and a half stars out of five for this performance.’
      • ‘We would like to go further next year and get four or five stars if we can.’
      • ‘The car scored five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.’
      • ‘I wonder to what heights a restaurant must climb in order for A A Gill to award it five stars?’
      • ‘If I had not tasted Sainsbury's, I would have awarded this five stars.’
      • ‘Hence four stars, not five, for otherwise this is a terrific performance by the London Symphony Orchestra on its own label.’
    2. 2.2An asterisk.
      ‘the captain has a star against his name’
      • ‘Why is there a star next to some users' names on the active users lists?’
    3. 2.3A white patch on the forehead of a horse or other animal.
      ‘She paused to kiss Foxfire on the tip of her nose and ran a finger over the white star on her forehead.’
      • ‘She was a black mare, with a white around her hooves and a white star on her forehead.’
      • ‘Riley nodded, then stopped at the stall of a black mare with a white star on her forehead.’
      • ‘One that was directly in front of me had a white star on his forehead.’
      • ‘One was black with a white star on its forehead, the other a chocolate brown.’
      • ‘Benjy is black and white, Frankie is black/dark brown with a white tummy and a white star on her forehead.’
      • ‘He was quite a tall and muscular chestnut with large brown eyes and white star on his forehead.’
      • ‘The third was named Tarin and was a black cat with a small, white star on the forehead.’
      • ‘Mercy foaled, a beautiful filly with no star and white streaks in her mane and tail instead of flecks.’
      • ‘The other horse was black, and had a white star on its nose.’
      • ‘Froney was Chell's favourite horse, a tall handsome energetic chestnut with a white star, who was always on the lookout for treats.’
      • ‘While Belochamp was almost a uniform gray except for his white mane and tail, Theram had a white star and stockings on both his hind legs.’
      • ‘A horse, totally black except for a white star on his face came out, with his ears pinned.’
      • ‘He had a large star on his forehead, and mane that looked as if it had been crimped.’
      • ‘One had an unusual white star on its forehead; the other had a white splotch on its neck.’
    4. 2.4usually as modifier A Y-shaped arrangement of three-phase electrical windings.
      • ‘Transformers for 3-phase duty..may have both primary and secondary windings connected in delta or star.’
    5. 2.5usually as modifier A data or communication network in which all nodes are independently connected to one central unit.
      ‘computers in a star layout’
      • ‘The theoretical maximum is the centralization that would be obtained in a perfectly centralized star network where the only interactions are a central individual talking to everyone else.’
      • ‘Quantum cryptography is limited to use between two dedicated points, or perhaps around a star network.’
      • ‘All data transmission goes through the master in a star network topology.’
  • 3A very famous or talented entertainer or sports player.

    ‘a sport star’
    • ‘she got star treatment’
    • ‘Well, former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco has said some of the biggest stars in his sport used steroids.’
    • ‘Sports stars can be incredibly talented, innovative and breathtaking, but they're not geniuses.’
    • ‘The leading aviators became as famous as sports stars and Hollywood actors.’
    • ‘He's a famous star, sees a big picture of himself as the limo drives him to his hotel, an ad of his pushing some kind of liquor.’
    • ‘Plus in the Democratic race, Bill Bradley gets a political assist from the biggest star in professional sports.’
    • ‘In America, women players are genuine stars and the sport is far more established.’
    • ‘In fact, they've issued subpoenas to some of the sport's biggest stars.’
    • ‘Pop and sports stars will get the message out on radio and TV, and schools are being asked to sign up to an anti-bullying Charter for Action.’
    • ‘Ordinary Mayo sportspeople turned into sports stars of the same quality as Roy Keane or Eddie Irvine.’
    • ‘Ask them who their heroes are and they will all be ephemeral figures - stars of sport and pop music.’
    • ‘Principally, though, Save The Last Dance importantly heralded the arrival of Julia Stiles as an actress with genuine star quality.’
    • ‘Oldfield was the biggest star of an emerging sport struggling to gain a foothold of legitimacy.’
    • ‘A crude, funny novel about a Texas football player who becomes a star in the Big Apple.’
    • ‘Sport stars are big news these days, and not always for how they perform on the pitch, the track, the arena or in the pool or the ring.’
    • ‘Simon Cowell is the music mogul who has become a bigger star than the pop idols he helped create.’
    • ‘He persuaded a number of former TV child stars to play cameo roles in the movie.’
    • ‘The tennis star lost her U.S. Open quarter-final match against after the umpire appeared to make three erroneous calls that went against her.’
    • ‘Then, of course, he became the biggest rap star on the planet.’
    • ‘The man you saw on the screen was a down-to-earth, likeable guy who just happened to be a TV star.’
    • ‘Bob was enabled and allowed to pursue this kind of destructive behaviour because he was a minor TV star.’
    principal, leading lady, leading man, lead, female lead, male lead, hero, heroine
    celebrity, superstar, name, big name, famous name, household name, somebody, someone, lion, leading light, celebutante, public figure, important person, VIP, personality, personage, notability, dignitary, worthy, grandee, luminary, panjandrum
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    1. 3.1An outstandingly successful person or thing in a group.
      ‘he's a rising star in the party’
      • ‘Elinor was a star pupil’
      • ‘But, she was the star attraction of the day with students thronging to have a word with her.’
      • ‘The rising star, a pupil at St Francis School, Maldon, was up against 300 other children in auditions last October.’
      • ‘Petite Pooja Reddy is the rising star and the brightest hope in shooting arena.’
      • ‘As a rising star in the early 1950s, he earned about £12 a week.’
      • ‘Grace Knight was the star attraction with superb renditions of such classics as Fever, Crazy and Mamma He Treats Your Daughter Mean.’
      • ‘Frankie Dettori is the star attraction at Folkestone, and he has a host of eye-catching mounts, the majority trained by David Loder at Newmarket.’
      • ‘The star attraction, however, is the amusement park, which the organisers claim to be the biggest mobile amusement park in the country.’
      • ‘A tanker transformed into a luxury motor home by a North Yorkshire man was the star attraction at the Vintage Working Weekend at Hornby Castle near Bedale.’
      • ‘In this sort of form and in this kind of mood, McLaren could yet become the star attraction that was predicted when he was first making the breakthrough at Dundee United.’
      • ‘Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche was billed as the star attraction but she was forced to cancel her Kerry visit at the last minute due to bereavement.’
      • ‘But Ranthambore is more than just about tigers, although the striped beast is undoubtedly its star attraction.’
      • ‘Wallabies fullback Chris Latham will be the star attraction when the Bundaberg Rum Queensland Reds Tour hits the city next week.’
      • ‘They have also sailed the seven seas as a star attraction on some of the world's greatest cruise liners including the QE2.’
      • ‘Alex, a lion who just loves his steak, is the star attraction at the New York Zoo.’
      • ‘Richie Kavanagh was the star attraction last weekend in Kirwans.’
      • ‘A star attraction was a bedroom suite designed by Royal furniture maker David Linley which sold for £19,200.’
      • ‘I don't know why, but I liked Darlene even though Annette was supposed to be the star attraction.’
      • ‘The girl from Donegal is the star attraction and she will be joined by Derry country band New Moon as well as Mayo's own Marc Roberts.’
      • ‘Officials are particularly relieved that Sarah Teather, one of the party's rising stars, doubled her majority to hold Brent East.’
      • ‘Emma - who the music press widely regard as one of the rising stars of the UK music scene - got her break when she performed on BBC Raw Talent.’
  • 4Astrology
    A planet, constellation, or configuration regarded as influencing a person's fortunes or personality.

    ‘his golf destiny was written in the stars’
    • ‘Castor's skill with horses is said to be shared by those born under the influence of the star.’
    • ‘No-one could escape the influence of the stars, he was alleged to be telling them, and it was therefore as well to know one's own future from a chart-reading.’
    • ‘Cavalcanti berated the philosopher for giving so much consideration to the influence of the stars.’
    • ‘So it's incredible to think that millions of people from housewives to world leaders rely on the stars to determine their fortune, financial or otherwise.’
    horoscope, forecast, augury
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    1. 4.1stars informal A horoscope published in a newspaper or magazine.
      • ‘what do my stars say?’
      • ‘They believe and accept the predestined future written in their horoscope or stars, that regardless of their effort whatever has to happen will happen.’
      • ‘It is so strange and I think it has something to do with the stars, I mean horoscope.’
      horoscope, forecast, augury
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  • 5Used in names of starfishes and similar echinoderms with five or more radiating arms, e.g. cushion star, brittlestar.

    • ‘How a star avoids the limelight: some echinoderms have thousands of eyes on their backs.’

verbverb stars, verb starring, verb starred

[with object]
  • 1(of a film, play, or other show) have (someone) as a principal performer.

    ‘a film starring Liza Minnelli’
    • ‘While in New York, he bumped into David Rubinoff, the playwright responsible for Stuck, a one-man show starring Sean Power that Zotter had seen and loved in Toronto.’
    • ‘The play starring Anna Manahan and Des Keogh is a much-loved favourite not only in the county but internationally and was recently nominated for an outer critic circle award in New York.’
    • ‘When I was 4, I went backstage at a play starring Tony Robinson.’
    • ‘I've never actually seen a movie or television show starring Amanda Bynes, but a little Web search reveals that the teenager has been busy.’
    • ‘Adapted by Simon Moore the gripping play will star Helen Norton as Annie Wilkes and Jonathan Ryan as Paul Sheldon.’
    • ‘Richmal Crompton's famous stories of high-spirited tearaway William Brown were first adapted for television in a 1951 BBC play starring Robert Sandford.’
    • ‘Manuel Puig's thought-provoking play was adapted for the Oscar-winning film starring William Hurt and Raul Julia.’
    • ‘Premiering at the Public Theatre last summer, the play originally starred Jeffrey Wright as Lincoln and Don Cheadle as Booth.’
    • ‘The play originally starred John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, and was a huge success.’
    • ‘It is a literary event that crowns his trilogy of epic books about America culminating in The Human Stain (poorly adapted last year as a film starring Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins).’
    • ‘Freaky Friday doesn't bring anything new to the genre - it's a remake of a 1976 film starring Barbara Harris and Jodie Foster - but gets by on sparky performances from its leads.’
    • ‘Generations of school pupils have studied the American tale of injustice and prejudice in Depression-era Alabama while the 1962 film starring Gregory Peck is an enduring classic.’
    • ‘Eventually he found work with the BBC and in 1998 his first major work, a comedy drama called The Theory of Flight, was made into a film starring Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter.’
    • ‘Eighties pop-lit sensation Jay McInerney penned the novel -, which was made into a film starring Michael J. Fox in 1988.’
    • ‘Martin's previous works include Mary Reilly, a reworking of the Jekyll and Hyde story from the perspective of a housemaid, which was made into a 1996 film starring Julia Roberts.’
    • ‘Louis Begley is perhaps currently best known as the author of About Schmidt, the novel from which the recent acclaimed film starring Jack Nicholson was adapted.’
    • ‘The calendar, which has raised £1 million for Leukaemia Research, went on to be made into a block-busting film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.’
    • ‘Two years later it was made into a Hollywood film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Shirley MacLaine and Daryl Hannah.’
    • ‘Sidney Lumet's unforgettable film starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb is a celluloid classic, a whodunit in which we never see the crime, the victim or the accused.’
    • ‘Dennis Lehane's Mystic River was made into a film starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon and Laura Linney.’
    1. 1.1no object (of a performer) have a principal role in a film, play, or other show.
      ‘McQueen had starred in such epics as The Magnificent Seven’
      • ‘The actress has starred in films such as Something About Mary, Vanilla Sky and last year's epic Gangs of New York and is one of Tinseltown's hottest stars.’
      • ‘The Glenrothes-born actor has also starred in films such as Mission Impossible II and Ripley's Game.’
      • ‘In 1986, she starred in the title role in Trevor Nunn's film Lady Jane, about the ill-fated nine-day queen, Lady Jane Grey.’
      • ‘The actor starred in Yes Minister and the follow-up comedy Yes Prime Minister with the late Nigel Hawthorne and the late Paul Eddington during the 1980s.’
      • ‘The actress starred in more than 50 movies over the course of her 11-year career.’
      • ‘He has appeared in soaps and cable movies and, on the back of his role in Friends, starred in the sci-fi remake Lost In Space and the family comedy Ed.’
      • ‘She is well qualified for the role, having already starred in the ABC-TV biopic The Audrey Hepburn Story.’
      • ‘Pickwick first ran in 1963 in London's West End when Sir Harry Secombe starred in the title role.’
      • ‘Hashmi has starred in a dozen films since his 2003 debut role.’
      • ‘Some of the actors starred in the society's first play, the Greek tragedy ‘Agamemnon’ held back in December.’
      • ‘He began his career in Shakespearean stage roles, then starred in David Lynch's Dune, Blue Velvet and, perhaps most famously, Twin Peaks.’
      • ‘Richard has also played various roles on stage and even starred in a short film shot on location in Laois.’
      • ‘Christopher Plummer starred in the title role, for which he won a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical.’
      • ‘Outside the Pacific Rim, however, the majority of films with women starring in action roles have died a sad death at the box office.’
      • ‘This is the actress who, in 1956 at the wee age of 10, starred in the lead role of The Bad Seed - now widely regarded as a major landmark in the horror genre.’
      • ‘The Bachchans appeared on the big screen after a gap of 20 years when they starred in record-breaking film Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham in 2001.’
      • ‘The actor has also starred in TV shows Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, and Paradise Heights.’
      • ‘I'm one of three rappers starring in the film Rap Dreams, directed by Kevin Epps.’
      • ‘The Walsall-born actor has starred in numerous hit shows including Babyfather, Silent Witness and Cutting It.’
      • ‘One of the alleged victims is the indigenous actor Tommy Lewis, who later starred in the Australian film The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith.’
    2. 1.2no object Perform exceptionally in a game or other event.
      ‘Beckham starred in the win over Leeds’
      • ‘In game after game he starred in the green and white jersey and he always led the side by example.’
      • ‘Even though they lost two recent games, one against Tulsa and to Harvard, she starred in both games.’
      • ‘He participated in (even starred in) many events for our organizations.’
      • ‘Starks starred in both Jazz games against the Knicks this season.’
      • ‘Chris Sutton, of course, starred in that earlier game.’
      • ‘Last Wednesday they fell to Antrim 2-1, a game in which Seamus starred.’
      • ‘The Czechs were the first team into the last eight with victories over the Latvians and Dutch and starred in easily the best game of this championship and one of the top all-time matches.’
      • ‘Not all video games star muscle-bound, gun-wielding action heroes out for vengeance.’
      • ‘So I had a lot of motivation, getting to start in a game like that with the players that were starring in the game and in front of my home fans.’
      • ‘Harrison is the team's lead driver, a triple British champion, who starred in Macau last year, breaking the super production touring car lap record in the prestigious Guia race.’
      • ‘O'Reilly, who has latterly starred in central defence and up front for the Pikes, was not to be suppressed from his role in centre midfield.’
      • ‘Of the countless players he has nurtured he cited Neil Grayson, currently starring in Cheltenham's Third Division play-off push, as the best he has worked with.’
      • ‘Visitors were able to star on their own front page as well as see other elements of the company's prepress and design operations.’
      • ‘Rowntree Park should take fourth spot after their win at New Earswick where John Neary and Sandra Robinson starred for Park winning 29 games.’
      • ‘If things don't work out he is more likely to star on the front pages than the back.’
      • ‘They won their last ten games with Castlebar native senior student, Siobhan Kilkenny, starring in their wins.’
      • ‘Remarkably still only 21, the man with the size 17 feet already has three Olympic gold medals and two silvers under his belt after starring in front of his home crowd in Sydney four years ago.’
      • ‘On the sporting front this week the Camlough Park Kids starred for Bessbrook United's junior team.’
      • ‘Jackson starred for Australia in the Olympics, leading her country to a silver medal.’
      • ‘Wheatcroft is now starring on loan for North West neighbours Rochdale in the Third Division, having scored three goals in just six games.’
  • 2Decorate or cover with star-shaped marks or objects.

    ‘thick grass starred with flowers’
    • ‘His pictures have an appeal beyond the visual, conjuring up the almost tropical heat, the lush green of hedgerows starred with flowers, the scent of fresh grass and the choral chirping of insects.’
    1. 2.1Mark (something) for special notice or recommendation with an asterisk or other star-shaped symbol.
      ‘the activities listed below are starred according to their fitness ratings’
      • ‘Michelin-starred restaurants’
      • ‘Items are starred according to their relative importance and whether the committee is recommended to approve the action or policy, or to provide comment.’
      • ‘Hotels in France are regulated and starred according to price, so rates are posted up front, helping to avoid the price-comparison and guessing game you often have to play in the States.’


    have stars in one's eyes
    • Be idealistically hopeful about one's future.

      ‘a singer selected from hundreds of applicants with stars in their eyes’
      • ‘And he does not expect all his pupils to have stars in their eyes.’
      • ‘Let me make this clear: I do not have stars in my eyes.’
      • ‘For a brief time, Fish has stars in his eyes but soon realizes it's a kind of bribe.’
      • ‘Cotswold 16-year-olds had stars in their eyes after scooping a hatful of top grades in their GCSE results.’
      • ‘Children had stars in their eyes at a special award ceremony in Farnworth when they were joined by a pop star.’
      • ‘The fair, willowy girl had stars in her eyes when at the age of twenty, she was married to the tall and handsome young man with a four-figure salary.’
      • ‘If she were a cartoon character, she'd have stars in her eyes.’
      • ‘Now Stephen has stars in his eyes because Mem is expecting their first child.’
      • ‘Fred naturally takes the opportunity to romance Lady Alyce, who still has stars in her eyes over his supposed leap.’
      • ‘‘A lot of these kids have stars in their eyes thinking they can live the life of a rock star right away, but you have to pay for everything in the end,’ he says.’
    my stars!
    informal, dated
    • An expression of astonishment.

      • ‘my stars, has everybody got you wrong!’
      • ‘"I very clearly remember saying, ‘Oh my stars,’" she recalls.’
    reach for the stars
    • Have high or ambitious aims.

      ‘ever since Cooke told him he was too small to play, the flanker has reached for the stars’
      • ‘The former Heriot's flanker knows he is reaching for the stars at Headingley today.’
      • ‘I was not reaching for the stars, I just wanted to keep myself financially by acting.’
      • ‘Pop fan Katie Storey is reaching for the stars after winning a competition to watch the sparkling Christmas lights in Oxford Street being switched on by some of her pop idols.’
      • ‘Pupils attending a workshop at a Bradford school yesterday were reaching for the stars when a rocket scientist dropped in to give a lesson in rocket-making.’
      • ‘But he ended up reaching for the stars in a more glamorous way as Queen's guitarist when the band zoomed into orbit as one of the most successful acts in the history of music.’
      • ‘While she may be reaching for the stars, Jacinta has her feet firmly planted on the ground and is hoping for a good result.’
      • ‘Four talented youngsters from Bolton are reaching for the stars after winning the first leg of an X-Factor style contest.’
      • ‘Still, Fordyce's character, enslaved by her call centre job, must keep reaching for the stars.’
      • ‘I keep my feet on the ground, but keep reaching for the stars.’
      • ‘It's the one common thread in us all that keeps us looking for cures for Aids and other diseases as well as reaching for the stars.’
      • ‘There is a romantic side to our nature which rejects convention and reaches for the stars.’
      • ‘The real Alison Hargreaves overcame everything thrown in her path, put up with the disappointments and still reached for the stars.’
      • ‘The concert was a stepping stone for the fulfilment of dreams of 88 children who will represent India at the Special Olympics World Games 2003 and aspire to reach for the stars.’
      • ‘Other members of the Sellers family, including Piers's mother Lindsey, 73, and brother Guy, have been invited to the space centre to watch the astronaut reach for the stars.’
      • ‘And Diamond got a chance to reach for the stars after Miami inventor Ivan Yaeger heard about her disability.’
      • ‘As a young person growing up in society, she said the speech motivated her to be the best she could, reach for the stars and still help others along the way.’
      • ‘Loach's poor may be downtrodden, but given a chance they will still reach for the stars.’
      • ‘Humanity began to reach for the stars, and the race was on to achieve a series of firsts in a new category.’
      • ‘Talented stage acts in Trowbridge are being given the chance to reach for the stars in a major national competition.’
      • ‘Few people thought the government would totally end child poverty, but in reaching for the stars there was some hope they might hit the top of the tree.’
    see stars
    • Seem to see flashes of light, especially as a result of being hit on the head.

      ‘The visual changes included seeing stars and bright lights, occasionally with accompanying nonspecific dizziness.’
      • ‘He butted me quite intentionally and from there on in I was actually seeing stars a bit.’
      • ‘I teetered back, stunned for a second, seeing stars.’
      • ‘He and Jackie McNamara were booked for squaring up to each other on the halfway line, and the Canadian must have been seeing stars when Bobo Balde later clattered into him.’
      • ‘In 37 minutes a short free kick was played into the path of Jack Ross whose 20-yard thunderbolt left Stuart Taylor seeing stars.’
      • ‘‘I was seeing stars and trying to stem the blood coming from my head,’ he said.’
      • ‘Most customers who walk into a mall to buy a PC come out seeing stars by the time they're out thanks to the overload of technical jargon that is thrown at them.’
      • ‘The challenger will have a big man's punching chance, but the likelihood is that Lewis will show his mean side, and that Klitschko will end up seeing stars.’
      • ‘I was seeing stars by this stage, so I was pleased when time ran out and the lights on the court went out.’
      • ‘‘It was the only time he made me see stars,’ said Young afterwards.’
      • ‘What causes you to see stars after a hard blow to the head?’
      • ‘No seat-belts then, of course; my head bounced off the windscreen and I saw stars briefly for the first time, and my knees jammed hard against the fascia, but no blood.’
      • ‘Admittedly the Irish fly-half was not clocked so badly that he saw stars, but the Hughenden crowd might just have witnessed one in the making.’
      • ‘Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis promised thunder and lightning when he faced challenger Hasim Rahman for their title fight at Carnival City here yesterday morning, but instead he was the one who ended up seeing stars.’
      • ‘If it is night and there is a sudden blackout, I won't get the usual experiences; if as I swivel the roof falls in and knocks me unconscious, I won't enjoy any experiences at all, except perhaps briefly seeing stars.’
      • ‘I looked at the person who bumped into me, wishing I could slam his head against one of the lockers (luckily for him, I was still seeing stars and thus couldn't focus).’
      • ‘Taking a running dive, I narrowly missed being hit by it, and instead found myself back on the grass, seeing stars as pain rushed through my battered body.’
      • ‘She twisted her body to compensate as she was thrown and landed awkwardly on her chest, leaving her retching for breath and seeing stars.’
      • ‘I was seeing stars, the pain was indescribable, so I won't go into any more detail.’
      • ‘Mr. Crich testified that after the assault he was dazed and seeing stars as blood ran into his eyes and down the side of his face.’
    you're a star!
    • Used to praise someone's efforts, especially by way of thanks.

      • ‘Thanks, you're a star.’


Old English steorra, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ster, German Stern, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin stella and Greek astēr.