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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.
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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: 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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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.
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hero (of the underworld)

n. heroin. Don says he knows the hero of the underworld well.
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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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As gamers, we all know that games are more fun to play with friends, and All Heroes Free will make it easier for players to bring their friends to the game," said Heroes of Newerth Director Pu Liu.
Our heroes change with such alacrity because creating heroes is intellectually easy.
But, and I believe more importantly, these stories can also be fulfilling and enriching because weaponed heroes are dangerous by their very nature.
Beyond the screenings, Local Heroes is very much an industry event where filmmakers can take part in a daily line up of intensive workshops and master classes catering to writers, directors and producers.
Future Bible Heroes gives another '80s classic a run for its money with "Good Thing I Don't Have Any Feelings.
The same misguided values that have made slaveholders, Indian-killers, and militarists the heroes of our history books still operate today.
This more cautious kind of moral discourse may be more appropriate and more realistic than the uncritical elevation of moral and political leaders as heroes and heroines.
The Six Heroes 2003 Memorial Merlot will be a part of the monthly two bottle shipments to the Six Heroes Wine Club members.
One reader described heroes as people who simply clean up messes they made in the first place.
Myths provide epic heroes whose significance survives long after a people no longer believes in the literal reality of the hero.
contest, conducted by Subway Restaurants and Weekly Reader, students in grades one through six, were asked who their heroes were and why.
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The following individuals are being inducted into the prestigious 100 Heroes Served Club:
SANTA CLARITA -- The American Red Cross recently honored local heroes -- including a dog.
and WBLS-FM radio announce Teddi Roberts as this year's New Jersey Winner of the Third Annual Black Heroes Essay Contest.