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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

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

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, to, zero


slang Heroin. Yeah, I smoke pot every now and then, but hero? No thanks, man.

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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hero of the underworld

slang Heroin. Yeah, I smoke pot every now and then, but hero of the underworld? No thanks, man.
See also: hero, of

unsung hero

Someone or something that provides a great benefit, has done very good work, has performed some heroic deed or function, etc., but has not received the credit or recognition they deserve. It's the volunteers who are the real unsung heroes of this event. They're the ones who put in countless hours without pay to ensure that everything runs smoothly from beginning to end. The company is known for their expensive smart devices, but its their subscription-based cloud storage that has been their real unsung hero, responsible for over 45% of their annual profit for the last four years.
See also: hero, unsung
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, unsung
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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!


McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

unsung heroes

Individuals not famous or celebrated as they deserve to be. Unsung alludes to the long epic poems of Homer and Virgil, which celebrated the heroes of Greece and Troy. Indeed, a version of the term, which dates from the late seventeenth century, appears in Alexander Pope’s translation of Homer’s Iliad—“Unwept, unhonour’d, uninterrid he lies!”—words picked up a century later by Sir Walter Scott in one of his most famous poems, “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” (1805): “And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.”
See also: hero, unsung
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Il eut ete pertinent que l'ouvrage approfondisse plus qu'il ne le fait le rapport entre les nouveaux heros, issus du monde du spectacle, et les societes dans lesquelles ils se deploient.
La Fabrique des heros constitue une reference indispensable pour tous ceux que la problematique des heros nationaux interesse.
NOTING DETAILS: Why does the editor from Psychology Today say that nameless strangers like the police officers and firefighters of 9/11 become heroes to us?
Ralph Waldo Emerson: "A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer." Christopher Reeve: "I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." Daniel J.
* Individual development and identity: A hero may be defined many ways, and found in many places.
* Sabin, Ellen, The Hero Book (Watering Can, 2005).
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.
Even the dangerous heroes, the exploitative knights, the vengeful Achilles are compelling and can be educational and enriching.
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.
Such is the power of the weaponed hero, even in our modern world.
I believe this process is already underway, and with some other much-welcomed changes, such as the rising prominence of the female cast as hero. No longer the sheltered and protected object of the medieval knight's affection or the nearly invisible war-prize of the Homeric Greeks, the women are finally stepping out into modern mythology in their own right.