sleeping giant

noun

Definition of sleeping giant

: one that has great but unrealized or newly emerging power

Examples of sleeping giant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's been considered to be a sleeping giant by many who never worked there, and didn't know anyone who did. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 Like a sleeping giant, the plant and its perilous reactors were kept free of all disturbances. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2022 The outdoor industry was once seen as sleeping giant in the fight for public lands, according to author Timothy Egan. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2018 For too long, the outdoor industry had been a sleeping giant. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2018 Perhaps the sleeping giant is just starting to awaken. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 Tucker Carlson has awakened the sleeping giant that is the BTS Army. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 The hardware business alone, especially the trimmer, is a sleeping giant. Rachel King, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 Then in early March a short squeeze of epic proportions, prodded by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, awoke the sleeping giant. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sleeping giant

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sleeping giant was in 1970

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Last Updated

25 Sep 2022

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“Sleeping giant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleeping%20giant. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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