I once saw the expression "to shadow" being used to say that something makes another thing unnoticeable because it attracts more attention, but I can't find a definition for this expression that fits this. Example:

Famous singers shadow other artists that try to make a living...

Does this sentence make sense?

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    "cast a shadow over" would probably work better, if you insist on using shadow. Please do a little research before asking if a word is appropriate...
    – Cascabel
    Oct 11 '20 at 19:20
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    'Eclipse' is the single-word metaphor. I've not found 'shadow' in a list of synonyms (and I didn't expect to). Oct 11 '20 at 19:25
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    Shadow is more usually used the other way round: in Lexico verb 2.2 Accompany (someone) in their daily activities at work in order to gain experience at or insight into a job. Oct 11 '20 at 19:33
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    @WeatherVane That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the Q.
    – Cascabel
    Oct 11 '20 at 19:33
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    Not usually, but as this is on a site primarily about computers and programming, it IS used in many programming languages to mean one variable/declaration 'hiding' or 'masking' another: see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_shadowing . Oct 12 '20 at 6:31

The verb 'shadow' is not used in that way. You are probably thinking of overshadow, "to cause someone or something to seem less important or less happy".

Famous singers overshadow other artists that try to make a living.
Jane has always felt overshadowed by her famous elder sister.
My happiness was overshadowed by the bad news.
My mother's imprisonment overshadowed my childhood.
My dog's death overshadowed my joy at Biden's victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo came out fighting after the defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico. It was clear Lionel Messi had overshadowed him throughout.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed overshadowed him as a leader.

Overshadow (Cambridge Dictionary)

  • One problem: The verb can be transitive, or intransitive. Your passive voice examples indicate transitive. So isn't it possible...""Famous singers overshadow other artists that try to make a living..?
    – Cascabel
    Oct 11 '20 at 20:37
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    @Cascabel - fixed. Oct 11 '20 at 20:40
  • Oh My Dog...those sentences are very nice...+1
    – Cascabel
    Oct 11 '20 at 20:45
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    @Cascabel - my dog - tempting fate, maybe? Oct 11 '20 at 21:25

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