hail as

hail someone as something

to praise someone for being something. The active members hailed him as fraternity brother of the year. Sally was hailed as an effective leader.
See also: hail

hail as

v.
To praise someone for being something: The veterans were hailed as heroes when they marched in the parade.
See also: hail
References in classic literature ?
We were here told a fact, which I would not have credited, if I had not had partly ocular proof of it; namely, that, during the previous night hail as large as small apples, and extremely hard, had fallen with such violence, as to kill the greater number of the wild animals.
Harvey pounded despairingly at the bell, for he feared they might be sunk at any minute, and he jumped at Dan's hail as the crew came back.
The purchase price is subject to adjustment to reflect the book value of Rain and Hail as of December 31, 2010.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) hail as small as a pea can cause property damage.