white hope


Definition of white hope

1 : a white contender for a boxing championship held by a Black champion also : one who is felt to represent whites
2 : one from whom much is expected especially : a person undertaking a difficult task

Examples of white hope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are pitied by white liberals, resented by white nationalists and entirely absent in conversations about the next great white hope for rock. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 There was also the sordid tabloid downfall of onetime presidential hopeful John Edwards, the great white hope from the mill town of Robbins. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2020 Having been with Arsenal from the age of six, Chuba Akpom was once the great white hope of the academy but failed to ever make a substantial mark on the first team. SI.com, 23 Sep. 2019 Pulisic is considered to be the great white hope of American football. SI.com, 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of white hope

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“White hope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20hope. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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