He is a rock-solid, card-carrying free spirit, a young man who wears black tennis shoes in a sport that loves its lily whites …—Bill Dwyre
usually Lily-White or Lily White plural Lily-Whites or Lily Whites, dated, US politics: a member of a political organization favoring the exclusion of Black people
A lifelong Republican in the tradition of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, [Norris Wright] Cuney fought a decades-long battle with the "Lily-Whites," Texas Republicans obsessed with driving African Americans out of the party.—Joe Holley
Known as Lily Whites in newspaper headlines, the segregationists maneuvered to exclude Black people from roles of significance.—Jack Schnedler
The main protagonist, Audrey (Ashley Park), a successful lawyer who was adopted from China by a White American couple, has been best friends with Lolo (Sherry Cola) since childhood, bonding over being two of the few Asians in their almost lily-white hometown.—Olivia McCormack, Washington Post, 5 July 2023 The sun beats down so fiercely on a lily-white tablecloth that the co-CEOs and co-chairpeople of the Warner Bros. Film Group shield themselves with Gucci and Ray-Ban shades.—Matt Donnelly, Variety, 14 June 2023
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