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.
Recent Examples on the Web The original Hummer was the poster child for American automotive excess. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2022 Amazon is the poster child for e-commerce marketplaces. Alexander Graf, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Stewart, a poster child of greed in the time of covid-19, eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of making false statements, wire fraud and theft of government funds. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 He has been called a poster child for the need to pass ethics legislation. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Mar. 2022 Although Denmark and then other parts of northern Europe saw the BA.2 subvariant early, the story of South Korea, once the poster child for Covid-19 control, is the most instructive for understanding what may be ahead for the United States. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 21 Mar. 2022 Nickel is the poster child here, with its price spiking to such an extent that the London Metals Exchange (LME) stopped trading in the commodity and even broke some of the trades as a significant short-seller couldn’t meet margin calls. Robert Barone, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 The new maps, though, are little comfort to the lawmakers like Representative Dina Titus of Nevada, a poster child for the anguish of congressional Democrats. New York Times, 12 Mar. 2022 The fervour around the poster child of Indian unicorn IPOs is fizzling out. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of poster child

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of poster child was in 1938

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Last Updated

10 May 2022

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“Poster child.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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