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617. Success

  1. Alger, Horatio (18341899) writer of boys stories where young men are instantly rewarded for honesty, perseverance, etc. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 19]
  2. Browndock, Miss made her fortune in no time at all. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby ]
  3. McVey, Hugh from poor white to leading manufacturer. [Am. Lit.: Poor White, Magill I, 762764]
  4. O Pioneers! realistic success story of those who fathered nation. [Am. Lit.: 0 Pioneers!, Magill I, 663665]
  5. Porter, Sir Joseph became First Lord of the Admiralty by sticking to desk jobs and never going to sea. [Br. Opera: Gilbert and Sullivan H.M.S. Pinafore ]
  6. Ragged Dick hero of Algers rags-to-riches epic. [Am. Lit.: Van Doren, 807]
  7. white cloud indicates high achievement. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 350]
  8. wolf symbol of success on coats of arms. [Heraldry: Halberts, 16]

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suc·cess / səkˈses/ • n. the accomplishment of an aim or purpose: the president had some success in restoring confidence. ∎  the attainment of popularity or profit: the success of his play. ∎  a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity: I must make a success of my business. ∎ archaic the outcome of an undertaking, specified as achieving or failing to achieve its aims: the good or ill success of their maritime enterprises.

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success success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan proverbial saying, mid 20th century; meaning that once something is seen to succeed many people will claim to have initiated it, while responsibility for failure is likely to be disclaimed. In his diary for 9 September 1942, the Italian fascist politician Galeazzo Ciano, son-in-law of Mussolini, noted, ‘Victory has a hundred fathers, but no-one wants to recognize defeat as his own’.

See also nothing succeeds like success.

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