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American as apple pie

Exemplary or indicative of American life, interests, or ideals (often stereotypically so). Baseball is as American as apple pie.
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the American Dream

1. The belief that anyone can succeed (often with an emphasis on material gain) through hard work. The American Dream feels less attainable the more I am crushed by student loans.
2. The achievement of wealth and success. After years of hard work, we finally have a big house and successful careers. We're living the American Dream.
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be as American as apple pie

To be exemplary or indicative of American life, interests, or ideals (often stereotypically so). Baseball is as American as apple pie.
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*American as apple pie

Cliché quintessential American. (*Also: as ~.) A small house with a white picket fence is supposed to be as American as apple pie.
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American dream

the idealistic notion that Americans are preoccupied with obtaining certain materialistic goals. The American dream of home ownership, a car in the garage, and a chicken in every pot started in the early thirties.
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American as apple pie

If something or someone is as American as apple pie, they are typical of the American way of life. Jeans are as American as apple pie and old jeans show a touch of class. Note: Apple pie is a traditional dessert that is thought of as typically American.
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the American dream

COMMON The American dream is the idea that anybody can be successful in life, even if they are born poor. Part of the American dream is building a new business that creates jobs and financial independence.
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as American as apple pie

typically American in character.
1995 New York Times Magazine To reward people for something beyond merit is American as apple pie.
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the American dream

the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved.
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as Aˌmerican as apple ˈpie

used to say that something is typical of America: For me, baseball is as American as apple pie.
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Truth, justice, and the American Way

phr. & comp. abb. a phrase said in response to impassioned declarations about almost anything. (This phrase was used to introduce the Superman radio and television programs.) Sure, Mom and apple pie, as well as TJATAW.
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The third great enlargement is troublingly complex and contradictory On the one hand, the Great Depression and the Second World War opened the idea of Americanness to people who had been considered outside its bounds.
This body was believed to be contradistinguished from other national literatures by certain qualities of "literary Americanness," which in turn were seen as expressive of certain national characteristics.
However, as the parents became more acculturated and the children learned more about American ways, the family also started to exhibit signs of Americanness that were visible in their ownership of "modern devices" like a radio, a piano, a refrigerator, an automobile, and upholstered furniture.
Likewise, Camp Fire Girls defined Americanness by drawing racial boundaries.
In Great Neck, they could live lives that reflected their new prosperity and Americanness and that insulated them from the social and demographic changes that the city was beginning to undergo.
5) John Carlos Rowe gives that effort a name--the New American Studies--and so locates a twenty-first-century sense of Americanness in the "contact zones" along multiple U.
Where the Pilgrim soul sought God, the nineteenth-century Pilgrim heirs sought a certain kind of Americanness.
Does one look for Americanness in the writings of Henry James and T.
8] Indeed, the sometimes overt, sometimes subtle power relations between Chicanos and Anglos connect Gilb's stories yet refuse to yield a neat, unitary vision of relations between cultures; instead, his characters reflect the heterogeneity of ethnic experience within US multiculturalism, sometimes celebrating their Americanness and sometimes reasserting their ethnicity as they yearn for a half-remembered, half-imagined Mexican community.
Americanness is the world's most abstract political and spiritual condition.
The only other American writer of that time to conjure Spain so well is Creeley's contemporary and friend, Paul Blackburn, another poet interested in his Americanness but not in being a local poet or a provincial in New York City.
It is, curiously, because of the Americanness of the public schools that they are less able to do what private schools can do, and that is teach us our communal relationships.
According to Mintz, by writing about Native Americans, the American Hebrew poets were seeking to discover and connect with the bedrock of originary Americanness (363).
In silencing Rocky, Del Rey not only puts pop on top but also isolates female desire as the essence of Americanness.
This appreciation seems to draw on the germinal definition of the gist of Americanness as constituted by the willful abandoning of all established ways and manners.
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