sleeping giant


Definition of sleeping giant

: one that has great but unrealized or newly emerging power

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The South Siders are sleeping giants in the AL Central. Paul Sullivan,, "Dylan Cease is following in Michael Kopech’s footsteps — but just not with an all caps tweet from the White Sox this time," 2 July 2019 Chances of breaking the 'Big Six' next year: 1/10 The most decorated side on this list, the Toffees are something of a sleeping giant, incessantly frustrating their supporters with sub-par performances each term., "Premier League 2019/20: Assessing Who Can Break the 'Big Six' Next Season," 6 June 2019 And the subject on which it has been invoked – the census – is a sleeping giant of a potential scandal. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Analysis: The census is Trump’s sleeping giant scandal," 12 June 2019 While the Dow and S&P's daily gyrations steal the headlines, bonds are Wall Street's sleeping giant. CNN, "The bond market may be signaling something worse than a recession: Distrust in America," 4 June 2019 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,, "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., "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,, "Memo to Luke Walton: Here's comes LeBron ... and all that comes with it," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of sleeping giant

1970, in the meaning defined above

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