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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: 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.
See also: hero

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

hero

verb

submarine

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!

hero

verb
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Individual development and identity: A hero may be defined many ways, and found in many places.
In order to be a hero, a person must risk his or her life to save someone else's.
Being famous, wealthy, or very good at a skill isn't enough to make someone a hero.
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.
The hero with a weapon is supposed to be something that is part of stories, part of the subconscious mind, and preferably limited to those venues.
The famed Aragorn, exiled king and anonymous wandering hero, is a major character.
2) ``My teacher is my hero because she teaches me and my friends a lot of different things,'' said Stephanie Gomez, 8, of Canoga Park Elementary School.
3) Sammy Estrada, 13, of Pasadena Christian School says Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls is his hero for being the greatest basketball player of all time, helping sick kids and signing autographs.