Hail as - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
hail (someone) as (something)
To laud or compliment someone for being something. I would definitely hail Jenny as a leader in our department, especially after seeing how she handled that emergency situation.
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.
To praise someone for being something: The veterans were hailed as heroes when they marched in the parade.
References in periodicals archive
Blair and other cities were pounded by large hail as wave after wave of powerful thunderstorms moved through the midwest.
Vehicles struggle to navigate down Grant Street south of downtown Denver through heavy rains and hail as a severe thunderstorm sweeps over the metropolitan area June 25, 2015.
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) hail as
small as a pea can cause property damage.