sleeping giant


: one that has great but unrealized or newly emerging power

Examples of sleeping giant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High winds tore at Gothic Mountain as the sleeping giant watched over the cabins nestled in Gothic, Colorado, a remote outpost accessible only by skis during the valley’s harsh alpine winters. WIRED, 29 July 2023 With a young team this season, they could be poised for a third title in a row as Kirby Smart has transformed Georgia from sleeping giant to super power with a methodical approach that has maximized all the advantages of the program. USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 Not to take anything away from Alabama and Auburn, but if Georgia was the SEC’s sleeping giant then LSU is starting to look a lot like the league’s emerging swamp monster. Joseph Goodman |, al, 17 July 2023 Texas is widely considered a college football sleeping giant. USA TODAY, 14 June 2023 Analysts likened Ikea’s expansion to the awakening of a sleeping giant. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2023 That makes the board something of a sleeping giant in regional politics. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 13 Feb. 2023 The Golden Eagles have been, perhaps, the sleeping giant of the City Section, dormant after a season of feeling overlooked, furiously awakened by a gleeful postgame celebration as members of the school’s football team formed an impromptu dance circle in the stands. Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2023 Sania Mirza, who leaves tennis as a sleeping giant, has been a trailblazer nonetheless. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleeping giant was in 1970

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“Sleeping giant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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