poster boy


Definition of poster boy

: a male poster child

Examples of poster boy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Actor Ian McKellen has become the poster boy for the United Kingdom’s sprawling COVID-19 vaccine campaign, preserving the national treasure from the pandemic that has claimed the lives of 1.65 million people globally. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "‘Euphoric’ Ian McKellen celebrates getting first dose of COVID-19 vaccine," 17 Dec. 2020 Treating a human being as an art object, a socialist-realist poster boy, the doc sacrifices Smith to the cause. Armond White, National Review, "With Drawn Arms Presents a BLM Puppet Show," 16 Dec. 2020 Nicholson is the poster boy for why Buggs got into coaching. Mike Hutton,, "Boys basketball notes: Mason Nicholson’s evolution at West Side ‘an awesome experience to be around’," 10 Dec. 2020 Nolan has become the poster boy for theatrical die-hards in quarantine, with the complex pirouettes of Tenet’s ever-changing release dates forming one of spring’s most entertaining ballets. Anne Cohen,, "The Argument Against Streaming Movies At Home Is Tired & Dangerous," 8 Dec. 2020 Kinney, who is not registered to represent the California Medical Association, became a poster boy for the type of shadow influence that pervades Sacramento when he was fined by state regulators in 2013 for lobbying without registering. Alexei Koseff,, "Newsom’s French Laundry dinner shows how lobbyists get access to power in Sacramento," 23 Nov. 2020 Ma, a teacher turned entrepreneur, is the poster boy for China's technological boom and economic rise, but his public remarks hardly pay deference to Chinese regulators and institutions. Fortune, "China’s markets welcome homegrown tech—but Ant’s suspended IPO is a reminder of the risks," 7 Nov. 2020 He was challenged in the 1976 primaries by Governor Ronald Reagan of California, the ex-Hollywood actor and poster boy of the conservative movement. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Republicans’ Choice: Trump or 2024?," 2 Nov. 2020 The poster boy for their anguish and frustration was Kershaw, who has been the best pitcher of his generation, but was burdened by his struggles in October. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'It’s an unfortunate endpoint': Dodgers' World Series win marred by Justin Turner's return to field for celebration," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of poster boy

1946, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2020

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“Poster boy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of poster boy

: a male poster child

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