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American as apple pie

Exemplary or indicative of American life, interests, or ideals (often stereotypically so). Baseball is as American as apple pie.
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the American Dream

1. The belief that anyone can succeed (often with an emphasis on material gain) through hard work. The American Dream feels less attainable the more I am crushed by student loans.
2. The achievement of wealth and success. After years of hard work, we finally have a big house and successful careers. We're living the American Dream.
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be as American as apple pie

To be exemplary or indicative of American life, interests, or ideals (often stereotypically so). Baseball is as American as apple pie.
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*American as apple pie

Cliché quintessential American. (*Also: as ~.) A small house with a white picket fence is supposed to be as American as apple pie.
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American dream

the idealistic notion that Americans are preoccupied with obtaining certain materialistic goals. The American dream of home ownership, a car in the garage, and a chicken in every pot started in the early thirties.
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American as apple pie

If something or someone is as American as apple pie, they are typical of the American way of life. Jeans are as American as apple pie and old jeans show a touch of class. Note: Apple pie is a traditional dessert that is thought of as typically American.
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the American dream

COMMON The American dream is the idea that anybody can be successful in life, even if they are born poor. Part of the American dream is building a new business that creates jobs and financial independence.
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as American as apple pie

typically American in character.
1995 New York Times Magazine To reward people for something beyond merit is American as apple pie.
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the American dream

the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved.
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as Aˌmerican as apple ˈpie

used to say that something is typical of America: For me, baseball is as American as apple pie.
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Truth, justice, and the American Way

phr. & comp. abb. a phrase said in response to impassioned declarations about almost anything. (This phrase was used to introduce the Superman radio and television programs.) Sure, Mom and apple pie, as well as TJATAW.
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My children's different schooling situations allowed many of these background privileges--class, Americanness, English fluency--to be noticed as advantages and become highlighted when they had previously been backgrounded.
On the other, Hoover and Dies--through their efforts to interfere with LC operations, orchestrate hiring and firing, censor WPA and LC publications and intimidate staff--tried to control LC staff in order to uphold their idea of Americanness because the LC's ability to collect and broadcast the AAFS' materials was a major threat to their notion of Americanness.
Frank's ideal of (male) Americanness is embodied by Lloyd Mangum, the man in charge of Mangum & Gayden Funeral Home in Haddam:
119-22) is an accomplished example of close reading and innovative illustration of the value of this short-story toward an appreciation of the conflicted views held by Hebraists as regarding Americanness.
kept symbolically shoring up definitions of Americanness, "Americans" also engaged in tangible efforts to keep un- Americanness out, including the creation of the Homeland Security Administration, the Patriot Act, Immigration and Costumes Enforcement, and constant references to a fence dividing the Mexico-U.
Some at CAP, the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, and beyond deployed the "Israel First" smear, calling the Americanness of their political opponents into question.
Baldwin, in Europe, saw how his central identity as an American Negro split in those encounters where his Americanness took precedence over his blackness.
22) Seeing as it is more common in Greek subtitling to generalise when translating ECRs, the Greek version seeks to domesticate Sex and the City through such a target culture-specific reference, keen to balance the inevitable Americanness of the source text.
Overall, there was uncertainty as to the status and position of the foreign-born immigrants in American society, and Bric provides us with an insight not only into how immigrants were perceived but also into the terms in which Americanness was being defined during this period.
It is one of the true glories of our country that, when it comes to Americanness, you don't have to be a descendant of the Founders or the colonists who came over on the Mayflower.
The strength of the work, the thing that makes it of such moment, is the heterogeneous and fluid notion of Americanness which is at the heart of the project and which is brought out in a collective reading of the poetry.
Indeed, I don't think there's a better way that I can express my Americanness.
24) That is, it supposedly indicated a failure to reproduce an authentic or legitimate national identity (such as Americanness or Mexicanness).
Borrowing the notion of "blinding whiteness" from Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark (ix), Linda Frost's insightful book analyzes what she sees as a nineteenth-century phenomenon: "the rhetorical manipulation of racialized, blackened others that defines Americanness by contrast, in shadow" (xi).
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