favorite son


Definition of favorite son

1 : one favored by the delegates of his state as presidential candidate at a national political convention
2 : a famous person who is popular with hometown people

Examples of favorite son in a Sentence

an athlete who is one of New York's favorite sons

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And, of course, there’s Hooters and its favorite son. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Outside Masters, Washington Road bustles in its tacky glory," 13 Apr. 2019 The Obama Presidential Center is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest hundreds of millions of dollars that will create good jobs on the South Side, bring our communities together and honor the legacy of Chicago’s favorite son and daughter. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Federal lawsuit accuses Obama center organizers of pulling an 'institutional bait and switch'," 14 May 2018 On the other hand, if the Democrats’ key votes in 2020 will lie among centrists in the industrial Midwest, the more moderate profile of the favorite son of Scranton, Pa., will be an attractive one. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "A Democratic Narrative Misses the Reality of 2018," 14 Jan. 2019 His lack of any clear ties to Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley or JPMorgan Chase removes any consideration that a new CFO could bring a favorite son and create an unlevel playing field among the big three banks. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber has finally hired a CFO — who has his work cut out for him," 21 Aug. 2018 The 34-year-old Iguodala has always taken great pride in taking on James, having grown up just 500 miles away from Akron, Ohio’s favorite son in Springfield, Ill., and played against him in AAU tournaments through all those years. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "How will Warriors overcome absence of 'babysitter' Andre Iguodala to start NBA Finals?," 30 May 2018 From a favorite son to a finding of scientific misconduct, Jasti Rao fell far. Adam Marcus, BostonGlobe.com, "Retraction Watch: Fall from grace," 29 June 2018 Argentina's favorite son is most famously remembered for cheating his way to victory against England in 1986, with his 'hand of god' goal. SI.com, "Diego Maradona Claims England's World Cup Win Over Colombia Was 'Monumental Theft'," 4 July 2018 Texas real estate developer Wayne Duddlesten, attorney Billy Goldberg and sportswriter Mickey Herskowitz have bought themselves and the city of Houston a basketball team, complete with favorite son Elvin Hayes. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 24, 1971: San Diego loses a team," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of favorite son

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of favorite son

: a well-known man (such as a political candidate or a celebrity) who is very popular in the area where he lives now or where he lived as a child

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