(at a national political convention) a candidate nominated for office by delegates from the candidate's own state.
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How to use favorite son in a sentence
She would, nonetheless, live to know the sorrow of watching her favorite son grow into a violent bully like his father.
In state after state that once called the president its favorite son, he is finding that his political advocacy is unwelcome.
Crystal is a deliciously evil crime lord, and demands that Julian seek vengeance on the man who killed her favorite son.‘Only God Forgives’: Ryan Gosling’s “Cock” Gets Mocked in Cannes Film | Marlow Stern | May 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Romney is considered a favorite son, having been governor of neighboring Massachusetts.
As the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, he is treated as something of a favorite son here.Rick Santorum Basks in Post-Iowa Glow in New Hampshire | Lois Romano | January 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some critics, meanwhile, are still wary of openly criticizing a favorite son, though now at least willing to say I told you so.In Greg Mortenson's Silence, His Neighbors Defend Him, or Vilify Him | Mike Giglio | June 7, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Torella never alluded to my extravagance; he treated me as a favorite son.
The one cent stamp should represent a cow with the favorite son of the Covington postmaster fast to her tail.History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America | John Kerr Tiffany
When Ivan's favorite son died, Silvester told him that it was a punishment from heaven for his disobedience.The Story of Russia | R. Van Bergen, M.A.
Lester was his son, his favorite son; it was too bad that he had not settled down in the ordinary way.Jennie Gerhardt | Theodore Dreiser
Then there is a carriage with a little boy in it—the sultan's favorite son, it is said—the most beautiful child I ever saw.The Ship Dwellers | Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for favorite son
(in the US) a politician popular in his home state but little admired beyond it
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Cultural definitions for favorite son
A political figure nominated for the presidency by his or her state's delegation to the national nominating convention of a major party. Favorite sons are rarely serious candidates for the party's nomination. By nominating a favorite son, the delegation honors its nominee while delaying its commitment until the more serious contenders for the nomination can be sorted out.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]
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