favourite son


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favourite son

A well-known person, especially a politician, who is supported and celebrated by people in his hometown. Ray was the favourite son of his hometown of Manchester.
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favourite son

a famous man who is particularly popular and praised for his achievements in his native area.
In the USA, the term is used specifically of a person supported as a presidential candidate by delegates from the candidate's home state.
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somebody’s favourite ˈson

a performer, politician, sports player, etc., who is popular where they were born: Everyone in the town was proud and excited to see their favourite son nominated for an Oscar.
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Sa'di, also a favourite son of Qadhafi, acts as Libya's ambassador to the world of football.
And next came brave Horatius, Who had held a bridge alone; An act carried out a thousand times, By the Greek Gods' favourite son.
Hutomo 'Tommy' Mandala Putra, the favourite son of former Indonesian President Suharto attends the first day of his trial for murder
Then he throws down this challenge to his readers: "I have a favourite son and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
But what a tribute to our favourite son John Lennon.
LADIES' DAY erupted into rapture as Ascot's favourite son Frankie Dettori stole the limelight with a fifth Gold Cup triumph on Colour Vision.
CORDOBA'S favourite son Angel Cabrera will get a hero's welcome when he tees off as Skybet's 9-4 favourite in the Abierto del Centro on the Challenge Tour today, writes Steve Palmer.
Scarf-waving Toon fans illuminated St James' Park as Tyneside bade an emotional farewell to their favourite son.
THIS week in 1978, country music lost a favourite son with the death of Big Ivan McConville from county Down.
The Godolphin winner, offspring of their favourite son Dubai Millennium, came to the racecourse with a tall reputation which he lived up to with a commanding performance.
IN JULY, 2001, a specially commissioned, eightfoot tall, bronze statue of Desperate Dan (and faithful pet pooch, Dawg) was unveiled in Dundee High Street; proving that Cactusville's favourite son has his spiritual home in the North East of Scotland.
The city's own 'Shamrock Express' will put his fierce reputation on the line against Dublin's favourite son Collins, 'The Celtic Warrior', over eight bouts at the Olympia.
Scored on his home debut v Wimbledon, 205 more followed for the Toon's favourite son.
He's the nation's favourite son - but he's also Everton's favourite son.
another final-round flop from Sussex's favourite son on Sunday and Evans