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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

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
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The Literary Guild has decided to offer Favorite Son as a selection to its members.
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Gruden once was the favorite son after lifting the Raiders from mediocrity to Super Bowl contenders in his four seasons as head coach.
He was presented with the keys to the city, named Autlan's favorite son on a commemorative plaque, and celebrated the gala inauguration of Avenue Carlos Santana and a public square in his name in the center of town.
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His television movies include Favorite Son (1988), TNT's Dinner at Eight (1989), OP Center (1995) and Badge of Betrayal (1995).
On the other is a shrine to his boyhood idol, Valley favorite son John Elway, who graduated from Granada Hills High the same year Shiffman was a senior at Cleveland.
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