sleeping giant

noun

Definition of sleeping giant

: one that has great but unrealized or newly emerging power

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There are quite a few entrants to the space, but direct-to-consumer sleep giant Casper has come out on top, boasting more than $600 million in revenue since its 2014 debut. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Last Week: 12 The East’s sleeping giant has a big three-game road trip this week, with cupcakes against Charlotte and Brooklyn sandwiching a final matchup with Miami. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "NBA Power Rankings: The Zombie Clippers Refuse to Go Away," 5 Mar. 2018 These and others like them have been dubbed English football's 'sleeping giants', teams who remain very popular among local support, but whose performances on the pitch don't match up. SI.com, "REVEALED: The Clubs Considered to Be English Football's 'Sleeping Giants'," 10 Feb. 2018 Imagine all that purple, here and a short drive up the coast, who’ve waited for the NBA’s sleeping giant to snort back to consciousness. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Memo to Luke Walton: Here's comes LeBron ... and all that comes with it," 2 July 2018 The sleeping giant of interest rates may be the most obvious concern. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Why Your Summer House Could Be a Shaky Investment," 29 May 2018 Icardi has an excellent scoring record for the San Siro sleeping giants - having netted 96 times in 170 appearances. SI.com, "Argentina Boss Claims Inter Star Striker Mauro Icardi Is 'Tempted' by Summer Switch to Real Madrid," 1 Feb. 2018 The term 'sleeping giant' is thrown around far too often these days, but since relegation from the Premier League in 2012 Wolves have been the very definition of the cliche. SI.com, "Why Wolves Haven't Lost Their Identity in Recent Overhaul - They've Rediscovered it," 12 May 2018 Given that Newcastle regularly get more than 50,000 people into St James' Park, the Magpies, who are fighting a relegation battle, are also a 'sleeping giant'. SI.com, "REVEALED: The Clubs Considered to Be English Football's 'Sleeping Giants'," 10 Feb. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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