favorite son
noun Date: 1788 1. one favored by the delegates of his state as presidential candidate at a national political convention 2. a famous person who is popular with hometown people

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • favorite son — ☆ favorite son n. 1. a famous man honored and praised in his native city, district, etc. because of his achievements 2. a) a candidate favored by the political leaders of his own state, city, etc., as for presidential nomination b) a candidate at …   English World dictionary

  • Favorite son — A favorite son (or a favorite daughter) is a political term that can refer to two different types of politicians:*A politician whose electoral appeal derives from his or her regional appeal, rather than his or her political views. For example, in …   Wikipedia

  • favorite son — noun a United States politician favored mainly in his or her home state • Hypernyms: ↑campaigner, ↑candidate, ↑nominee * * * I. noun : a person favored as their candidate by the delegates of his state at the presidential nominating convention of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • favorite son — /feɪvərət ˈsʌn/ (say fayvuhruht sun) noun US Politics a candidate for national office proposed by a local or state delegation, with local rather than national support: Iowa s governor stood as a favorite son in the Democratic primaries for the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • favorite son — a candidate supported by his home state for President etc. We voted for him because he is the favorite son of our state …   Idioms and examples

  • favorite son — {n.} A man supported by his home state for President. * /At a national convention, states often vote for their favorite sons first; then they change and vote for another man./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • favorite son — {n.} A man supported by his home state for President. * /At a national convention, states often vote for their favorite sons first; then they change and vote for another man./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • favorite\ son — noun A man supported by his home state for President. At a national convention, states often vote for their favorite sons first; then they change and vote for another man …   Словарь американских идиом

  • favorite son — fa′vorite son′ n. 1) gov a person nominated as a presidential candidate at a national political convention by the delegates from his or her home state 2) an eminent, successful man who is highly regarded in his hometown or state • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • favorite son — U.S. Politics. (at a national political convention) a candidate nominated for office by delegates from his or her own state. [1780 90, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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