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favorite son

A well-known person, especially a politician, who is supported and celebrated by people in his hometown. Ray was the favorite son of his hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho.
See also: favorite, son

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.
See also: favourite, son

only son

One's only male child. I'm so sad to send my only son off to college! Of course my mom showed my brother some favoritism—he's her only son, after all.
See also: son

son of a gun

1. A mean or unpleasant man. Julie's ex-husband was such a mean son of a gun, it's no wonder she divorced him.
2. An emphatic expression of affection for a man one considers daring, mischievous, or tough. That son of a gun really pulled through for us when we needed him!
3. An inanimate object that is problematic. My car broke down, and I can't figure out how to fix the son of a gun!
See also: gun, of, son

every mother's son (of them)

Fig. every one of them. The scout leader said that unless the scouts told him who had stolen the money, he would punish every mother's son of them. When the football team won the championship, they were all crying, every mother's son of them.
See also: every, son

like father, like son

Prov. Fathers and sons resemble each other, and sons tend to do what their fathers did before them. Jill: George's father smoked all the time, and now George is smoking excessively, too. Jane: Like father, like son, eh? I think my son will grow up tall, just like his father. Like father, like son.
See also: like, son

son of a bitch

 
1. Inf. a very horrible person. (Use with caution. Usually intended as a strong insult. Never used casually.) Bill called Bob a son of a bitch, and Bob punched Bill in the face. This guy's a son of a bitch. He treats everybody rotten.
2. Inf. a useless thing. This car is a son of a bitch. It won't ever start when it's cold. This bumpy old road needs paving. It's a real son of a bitch.
3. Inf. a difficult task. This job is a son of a bitch. I can't do this kind of thing. It's too harda real son of a bitch.
See also: bitch, of, son

son of a gun

 and son of a bachelor
a worthless person. (A substitute for son of a bitch.) That tightfisted son of a gun won't buy me a beer. He can be a real son of a bachelor when he's in a bad mood.
See also: gun, of, son

son of a sea biscuit

Euph. a person, usually a male. (sometimes a substitute for son of a bitch.) Why, good to see you, you old son of a sea biscuit. You son of a sea biscuit! You make me so mad I could slug you.
See also: biscuit, of, sea, son

every Tom, Dick, and Harry

anyone Draw the curtains or we'll have every Tom, Dick, and Harry peeking in the window.
Usage notes: usually said about any person you do not know or think is unimportant, and sometimes used in the form any Tom, Dick, or Harry: I want a qualified plumber to do the job, not just any Tom, Dick, or Harry.
See also: and, every, harry

a favourite son

  (British & Australian) also a favorite son (American & Australian)
a famous person, especially a politician, who is supported and praised by people in the area they come from Let me introduce to you the favorite son of Russell, Kansas: Bob Dole.
See also: favourite, son

the prodigal son

a man or boy who left a family or organization in order to do something they did not approve of and who has now returned to them feeling sorry for what he did
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the Bible.
Manchester City football club sees the return of the prodigal son tonight with Black once again in the team after a season away.
See also: son

a son of a bitch

 
1. (American & Australian very informal) a man who is unpleasant or who has made you angry He's a lazy, drunken son of a bitch and she's better off without him.
2. (American very informal) a way of referring to an object, an activity, or a situation which causes difficulties for you Cleaning up after the robbery was a son of a bitch.
See also: bitch, of, son

a son of a gun

 
1. (American informal) a man who is unpleasant or who has made you angry He's one mean son of gun - so be careful around him.
2. (American & Australian informal) if you call a man or a boy a son of a gun, it is a way of showing affection for them The little son of a gun has done it again - he's won all his races.
3. (American informal) a way of referring to an object which is causing problems for you or making you angry The computer's crashed and I don't know how to get the son of a gun working again.
See also: gun, of, son

Son of a bitch!

  (mainly American very informal)
something that you say in order to show that you are very angry or upset Son of a bitch! Have you seen what he wrote in this letter?
See also: of, son

Son of a gun!

  (American & Australian informal)
something that you say in order to show that you are very surprised and shocked Son of a gun! I can't believe they put her in jail for that!
See also: of, son

each and every one

Also, every last one; every single one. Every individual in a group, as in Each and every student must register by tomorrow, or I've graded every last one of the exams, or Every single one of his answers was wrong. All of these phrases are generally used for emphasis. The first, although seemingly redundant, has replaced all and every, first recorded in 1502. The first variant dates from the late 1800s, and both it and the second are widely used. Also see every tom, dick, and harry. Every mother's son (late 1500s) and every man Jack (mid-1800s) are earlier versions that refer only to males.
See also: and, each, every, one

every Tom, Dick, and Harry

Also, every mother's son; every man Jack. Everyone, all ordinary individuals, as in This model should appeal to every Tom, Dick, and Harry. The use of masculine names in this way dates from Shakespeare's time (he used Tom, Dick, and Francis in 1 Henry IV), but the current one dates from the early 1800s. The two variants are largely British usage but occasionally are used in America. The first is recorded as early as 1583, whereas the second dates from the first half of the 1800s.
See also: and, every, harry

favorite son

A person valued by his or her hometown or organization for his or her achievements, usually political, as in Mary hoped they would treat her as a favorite son and nominate her for state senator. This term was originally employed for a candidate nominated for office by his own locality. Today this usage may ignore gender, as in the example. [c. 1780]
See also: favorite, son

like father, like son

In the same manner from generation to generation, as in Kevin decided to run for mayor-like father, like son. This ancient proverb has been stated in English in slightly varying versions since the 1300s, sometimes appearing with a counterpart, like mother, like daughter. Thomas Draxe had it in Bibliotheca (1616): "Like father, like son; like mother, like daughter." Also see chip off the old block; follow in someone's footsteps.
See also: like, son

son of a bitch

Also, SOB; son of a gun. A mean, disagreeable individual, as in He was regarded as the worst son of a bitch in the industry, or He ran out on her? What an SOB, or He's a real son of a gun when it comes to owing you money. The first of these terms, calling a man the son of a female dog, dates from the early 1300s and is considered vulgar enough to have given rise to the two variants, both euphemisms. The first variant, an abbreviation, dates from World War I. The second, first recorded in 1708, gave rise to the theory that it originally applied to baby boys born at sea (in the days when women accompanied their husbands on long voyages). The explanation seems unlikely, especially since presumably some of the babies were girls. It also once meant the illegitimate son of a soldier (or "gun"). More probably, however, son of a gun evolved simply as a euphemism for the first term and appealed because of its rhyme. Both it and son of a bitch are also put as interjections expressing surprise, amazement, disgust, or disappointment, as in Son of a bitch! I lost my ticket, or I'll be a son of a gun! That must be the governor.
See also: bitch, of, son

son of a bitch

1. n. a despicable person, usually a male. (Rude and derogatory. Abbreviated SOB.) Tell that son of a bitch to get out of here, but fast.
2. n. old buddy. (Used between close male companions.) Where you been keeping yourself, you son of a bitch?
3. exclam. Dammit! (Usually objectionable. Usually Son of a bitch!) Son of a bitch! I didn’t even see that car pull out.
See also: bitch, of, son

son of a gun

1. n. a despicable person, usually a male. (Euphemistic for son of a bitch.) If that son of a gun thinks he can boss me around like that, he’s got another think coming.
2. n. old buddy. I went to school with this son of a gun! He’s my old buddy.
3. exclam. I am totally surprised!; I am shocked! (Usually Son of a gun!) The thing just blew up! Son of a gun!
See also: gun, of, son
References in classic literature ?
First I lost my brave and lion-hearted husband, who had every good quality under heaven, and whose name was great over all Hellas and middle Argos, and now my darling son is at the mercy of the winds and waves, without my having heard one word about his leaving home.
Besides, I cannot think that the gods hate die race of the race of the son of Arceisius so much, but there will be a son left to come up after him, and inherit both the house and the fair fields that lie far all round it.
If ever Ulysses while he was here burned you fat thigh bones of sheep or heifer, bear it in mind now as in my favour, and save my darling son from the villainy of the suitors.
Little does she dream that her son has now been doomed to die.
But Penelope lay in her own room upstairs unable to eat or drink, and wondering whether her brave son would escape, or be overpowered by the wicked suitors.
Agamemnon, son of Atreus, has done me dishonour, and has robbed me of my prize by force.
Forthwith she rose as it were a grey mist out of the waves, sat down before him as he stood weeping, caressed him with her hand, and said, "My son, why are you weeping?
Whereon the son of Atreus rose in anger, and threatened that which he has since done.
Ofttimes in my father's house have I heard you glory in that you alone of the immortals saved the son of Saturn from ruin, when the others, with Juno, Neptune, and Pallas Minerva would have put him in bonds.
Thetis wept and answered, "My son, woe is me that I should have borne or suckled you.
of amber, feeding her wide-scattered offspring -- and about the steep Fawn mountain and rugged Etna to the isle Ortygia and the people sprung from Laestrygon who was the son of wide-reigning Poseidon.
892: He (Apollonius) followed Hesiod who thus names the island of the Sirens: `To the island Anthemoessa (Flowery) which the son of Cronos gave them.
46: Her Hippostratus (did wed), a scion of Ares, the splendid son of Phyetes, of the line of Amarynces, leader of the Epeians.
Hesiod says that she was seduced by Hippostratus the son of Amarynces and that her father Hipponous sent her from Olenus in Achaea to Oeneus because he was far away from Hellas, bidding him kill her.
81: Macareus was a son of Crinacus the son of Zeus as Hesiod says.