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favorite son

n.
1. A man favored for nomination as a presidential candidate by his own state delegates at a national political convention.
2. A famous man viewed proudly by others who are from the same geographic area, such as a town or state, or who share some other group identity.

favorite son

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US) a politician popular in his home state but little admired beyond it

fa′vorite son′



n.
1. 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.
[1800–10, Amer.]
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Noun1.favorite son - a United States politician favored mainly in his or her home statefavorite son - a United States politician favored mainly in his or her home state
campaigner, candidate, nominee - a politician who is running for public office
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"Your Excellency, we are unable to agree upon a Favourite Son to represent us in your Cabinet."
The old lady, Rogojin's mother, is still alive, and remembers her favourite son Parfen sometimes, but not clearly.
Neither divine allowed himself to be conquered, and though the fond mother hoped that her youngest and favourite son would be reconciled to her church--his mother church--a sad and awful disappointment awaited the devout lady--a disappointment which seemed to be a judgement upon her for the sin of her marriage.
When Alcinous heard this he took Ulysses by the hand, raised him from the hearth, and bade him take the seat of Laodamas, who had been sitting beside him, and was his favourite son. A maid servant then brought him water in a beautiful golden ewer and poured it into a silver basin for him to wash his hands, and she drew a clean table beside him; an upper servant brought him bread and offered him many good things of what there was in the house, and Ulysses ate and drank.
Do you believe there is a consideration in the world that would induce her to take such a step against her favourite son? Do you believe there is any chance of her consent, to balance against the outrage it would be to her (loving dear old lady!) to propose it?
The town's entire population is expected to be behind closed curtains, watching favourite son Daniel O'Donnell on the telly.
AN ENGLAND player told me how Sir Alex Ferguson talked about Robin van Persie like he was his favourite son and about Wayne Rooney with little affection at all.
Apparently, it was not so much a fashion statement by Celtic's new favourite son but the result of a revenge attack by Parkhead team-mate Chris Killen.
The people of the village of Inniskeen are paying a fitting tribute to their favourite son.
It was terrific watching Rahul McDravid take on Wasim Akram, but once Scotland's new favourite son was out it got a little tedious.
Staines' favourite son courts controversy everywhere he goes and Sacha Barron Coen's creation shows no sign of letting up.
LADIES' DAY erupted into rapture as Ascot's favourite son Frankie Dettori stole the limelight with a fifth Gold Cup triumph on Colour Vision.