win one for the Gipper

win one for the Gipper

To do something in honor of someone else. This set phrase refers to celebrated Notre Dame football player George Gipp ("the Gipper"). Several years after Gipp's death at age 25, Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne urged his team to "win one for the Gipper." Let's work hard to meet the last sales goal before Jim retires—let's win one for the Gipper!
See also: Gipper, one, win
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If his Republican heirs want to win one for the Gipper, they might look more closely not at what he said but at what he did.
As Marx would say, everyone needs to step up to the plate and do their best to win one for the Gipper.
Wargin is the author of The Legend of Sleeping Bear Win One for the Gipper and The Legend of the Loon which won the International Reading Association Children's Choice Award.
Publicly slaughtering them, as he did here, might not be the best way to get them to go out and win one for the gipper when they take on Hearts tomorrow night.
And in typical American style, our leaders take aim at these 20 medals--seven more than we ever have won--not by urging athletes to win one for the Gipper, or for Flag and Country, or for Mom and Apple Pie, or even for revenge on the World Trade Center bombers, but by coming up with cash bonuses for medals, to wit: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, $10,000 for bronze.
tell them to go in there with all they've got and win one for the Gipper.
Or if he did see them, Holtz would order them to hobble out there and win one for the Gipper.
I happened to be in the lounge several weeks ago, on the evening that a clip of Reagan campaigning for a senatorial candidate in Louisiana showed him saying to a cheering crowd something like, "So this November I want you to win one for Louisiana, win one for your country and, if I may add a personal note, win one for the Gipper.
It's still hard to keep the eyes dry when you hear Reagan ask the team to win one for the Gipper in ``Knute Rockne - All American,'' or ask ``Where's the rest of me?
He spends pages arguing that George Gipp never asked Knute Rockne to win one for the Gipper and that Jeanne Kirkpatrick didn't invent the distinction between authoritarianism and totalitarianism.
They're going to win one for the Gipper, or at least coach Larry Brown.
There was no exhortation to win one for the Gipper, or for Ron Ponciano, or for the neighborly homeowners of the Lindley West Coalition, or for whomever the young Matadors are playing this season.