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 The group's campaign aimed to emphasize to fans (and potential buyers of the franchise) that Milwaukee was a sleeping giant of a basketball town, and a unified focus on a new arena could reignite the city's waning passion for the sport. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 July 2021 The wonderful potential of our city, now a sleeping giant, has to be part of the pitch. John Canzano, oregonlive, 24 May 2021 But like a sleeping giant, the shale sector is waiting for conditions to be just right for its return. Dan Eberhart, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Fenway Sports Group, then known as New England Sports Ventures, saw an opportunity to invest in a sleeping giant of the sporting world, purchasing Liverpool for £300 million ($440m). James Nalton, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Kelly was expected to awaken a sleeping giant, but so far the Bruins have barely stirred from hibernation. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 With more star power every season and more international players who become sensations, Engelbert appears to have a potential sleeping giant on her hands. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Besides Kīlauea, there is also the sleeping giant of Mauna Loa to consider. Jill Robinson, Travel + Leisure, 31 Mar. 2021 The Monster Hunter series has always been a sleeping giant in the games industry. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sleeping giant

1970, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

27 Jul 2021

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“Sleeping giant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleeping%20giant. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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