win one for the Gipper

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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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Knute Rockne, of course, produced that familiar catchphrase from the Reagan White House years about winning one for the Gipper.
Brilliant, forceful and charismatic, Hesburgh, who governed the university for three and a half decades, became a legend on campus, where stories of students scampering up fire escapes outside his office for a glimpse of the great man are a part of Notre Dame lore, like winning one for the Gipper.