the stuff of legend

idiomatic phrase

variants or less commonly the stuff of legends
1
: someone or something that is told about in legend
Dragons are still the stuff of legend. But in Slovenia, a bizarre, cave-dwelling … salamander serves as a worthy, real-life stand-in.Olivia Lowenberg
2
: someone or something that is very famous or memorable
Earlier that summer, Saito faced off with Tanaka in Japan's national high school championships, which are at least the equivalent of March Madness in the United States. Their battles were the stuff of legend, but Saito's team won and he struck out Tanaka for the final out of the deciding game.Anthony Rieber
For those of us who ran around in it, the blizzard of '78 was the stuff of legend, an unrelenting force of nature that smacked Boston upside the head for about a week.Bob Flaherty
The contest between ruling authorities and peasants over whether or not martyrs would be commemorated could itself become the stuff of legends.Anne Walthall

Examples of the stuff of legend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His postseason heroics are the stuff of legend, clubbing eight home runs in 12 playoff games for the Astros as a rental player in 2004. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 Even Madame Web herself, Dakota Johnson, couldn’t hide her contempt for the film, with Johnson’s incredibly unenthusiastic press tour already the stuff of legend. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 The winning play came just after Tagovailoa had been sacked for a 16-yard loss, and is the stuff of legend in Tuscaloosa. USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 My family's Pineapple Casserole is the stuff of legend. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Feb. 2024 President Biden’s love of ice cream is the stuff of legend. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Their eventual rivalry became the stuff of legends and documentaries. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2024 Over the years, the constant availability of top administration aides at all hours has become the stuff of legend. Tevi Troy, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2024 Since then, the company’s net worth has become the stuff of legend. Elettra Pauletto, Harper's Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of the stuff of legend was in 1919

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“The stuff of legend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20stuff%20of%20legend. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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