poster child


Definition of poster child 

1 : a child who has a disease and is pictured in posters to solicit funds for combating the disease

2 : a person having a public image that is identified with something (such as a cause)

Examples of poster child in a Sentence

She was a stirring speaker and activist and soon became the poster child of the antiwar movement.

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Of course this year has been the poster child for whiplash weather. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 Over the past decade, the appealingly versatile Joseph O’Neill has been the poster child for several visions of what fiction can be. Jamie Fisher, New York Times, "Reliably Unreliable Men, Unlikely to Improve Their Lot," 22 June 2018 The crying immigrant girl in a photograph by John Moore has become the poster child for the immigration issue of children being separated from their parents and was even featured on the cover of TIME magazine. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Father of the crying immigrant child reveals she and her mother were never separated," 22 June 2018 Trump and his aides have sought to portray Foxconn as the poster child for Trump’s America First economic policies while dismissing the move by Harley-Davidson as an aberration. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Trump's trade war comes to Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 Harley-Davidson was supposed to be a poster child for the benefits of Trump’s trade tactics and tax cuts. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump’s Harley-Davidson problem, explained.," 26 June 2018 Northeast was a poster child for the 2014 school bond referendum, in which county voters approved $800 million to fix decaying schools. Scott Travis,, "Northeast High might get new building," 19 June 2018 Petro, a former M-19 guerrilla who went on to become a crusading senator and the capital’s mayor, had been a poster child for rehabilitation. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Ivan Duque beats former guerrilla to win Colombia's presidential election," 17 June 2018 With its sky-high valuation, the software maker would appear to be a poster child for froth amid a nine-year bull run. Bloomberg,, "What's a stock worth? In the new economy, traditional accounting has its critics," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of poster child

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of poster child

: a child who has a particular disease and is shown in posters to raise money to help fight that disease

: a person who represents or is identified with something (such as a cause or product)

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