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culture hero

A person, either real or mythical, who embodies or is seen as the foundation of the cultural values or achievements of a society, group of people, or period of time. Karl Marx became both a villain to those opposed to Communist ideology and a culture hero for those who embraced the ideals of Socialism. Mythical figures such as Cúchulainn and historical figures like Brian Boru have long been held as culture heroes in Ireland.
See also: culture, hero

go from zero to hero

To change an outcome, one's situation, or oneself from being particularly unsuccessful, negative, unfortunate, or unpopular to being especially successful, positive, fortunate, or popular. After his parents won the lottery, John went from zero to hero in his high school overnight. With computer programming becoming an increasingly in-demand skill, many who might have been picked on in high school are now going from zeros to heroes.
See also: go, hero, zero

hero (sandwich)

A sandwich served on a long roll of bread, typically six inches to several feet in length, filled with a variety of ingredients including meat, cheese, and vegetables. Primarily heard in US. This restaurant across the road from our office makes the best hero sandwich in the city. I've gotten to where I go there two or three times a week for lunch. I'm ordering a few four-foot heroes for the party this weekend, so if you have any food allergies, let me know before tomorrow.
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every inch a/the (something)

Fully and completely something; something in every detail. The designer will understand if you want to make more changes—he is every inch a professional. Wow, your costume is great! You look every inch the old Hollywood starlet.
See also: every, inch

unsung hero

Fig. a hero who has gotten no praise or recognition. The time has come to recognize all the unsung heroes of the battle for low-cost housing.
See also: hero

every ˌinch a/the ˈleader, ˈstar, ˈhero, etc.

a leader, star, hero, etc. in every way; completely a leader, star, hero, etc: She is every inch a movie star.That horse looks every inch a winner.He looked every inch the romantic hero.
See also: every, inch

hero (of the underworld)

n. heroin. Don says he knows the hero of the underworld well.
See also: hero, of




1. and sub and hoagy and torpedo and grinder and poor boy and hero n. a long sandwich containing many different foods. (Sometimes many feet long. It is cut into smaller segments for serving a group. Usually contains sliced meats and cheese, as well as tomatoes and onions. Terms vary depending on where you are in the country.) He ordered a submarine, but he couldn’t finish it.
2. n. a large marijuana cigarette. Look at the size of that sub!
3. n. [menstrual] tampon. My God! I’m out of submarines!


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To level up the hero itself requires a certain amount of gold.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
How often have I seen people raise questions about the work of a hero only to be met by quiet derision or patronizing dismissal.
And already the gun as the weapon of choice is beginning to lose its charm, probably because the overwhelming violence of some of these movies obscures the content, denies the satisfaction that comes with the exploration of the hero and the use of a killing tool of choice.
Thomas Carlyle, writing in 1840, summarized the martial concept of the hero and the male nature of early concepts of heroism: "We come now to the last form of Heroism, that which we call Kingship.
Although weak in addressing the workings of gender in the communal creation and recreation of the black folk hero, From Trickster to Badman makes significant contributions to the study of African American literature, American literature, folklore, ethnicity, and history.
Whether he is a hero or not, if he is a soldier, he should be buried there.
Caring Hero A hero in the medical or caring professions who goes above and beyond to help those most in need.
Given the percentage of people who don't clean up their own messes, that type of hero may not be so bad, but we agree that simply fixing a problem you caused isn't exactly optimal behavior.
has been bronzed as a dead hero and is well on his way to being no more inspiring to African-American youth than George Washington and Abe Lincoln are for whites.
Local hero, Bob Williams, recently worked with Gonzalez and Severson through Homes for Heroes to sell their home and said, "Navy to Navy Homes made the experience of selling our home an absolute pleasure.
Community Hero We're looking for Scots who go out of their way to help those around them.
Since joining Homes for Heroes in 2013, Crane has served 106 heroes and provided over $165,000 in Hero Rewards savings to local heroes.
Fundraising Hero For someone determined to make dreams come true, or help those who really need it, through fundraising.