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catapult

verb [T always + adv/prep]  /ˈkæt̬·əˌpʌlt, -ˌpʊlt/ us  
to become famous or important very suddenly, in the process moving beyond others who had been more famous or important: The album of hit songs catapulted her almost overnight into national stardom. Something or someone that is catapulted is thrown forward with great force or speed.
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