Some wannabe hero cop comes out of nowhere and grabs me and puts a gun to my face.
He was a wannabe, an outcast who felt rejected even by the militia men themselves.
That candidate, whether it be Palin herself or a Palin wannabe, will, I suspect, be crushed in the general election.
1981, originally American English surfer slang, from casual pronunciation of want to be; popularized c.1984 in reference to female fans of pop singer Madonna.
[origin unknown; perhaps fr British dialect wank, ''a violent blow,'' and semantically analogous with beat one's meat, whack off, pound one's peenie, etc]