white hope

noun

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 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, "Arsenal's 10 Youngest Premier League Players & What Happened to Them Next," 23 Sep. 2019 Pulisic is considered to be the great white hope of American football. SI.com, "Manchester United Eye Double Deal for Dortmund Pair Julian Weigl & Christian Pulisic," 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 15 Aug. 2020.

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