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white hope

noun
1.
a person who is expected to accomplish much in a given field:
the white hope of the American theater.
2.
Sports. (formerly) a white man who had a good chance of winning the heavyweight boxing championship from a black man.
Origin of white hope
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • The "white hope" was grinning and confident, and so he returned to the center of the ring for the second round.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • He went by the most direct route to the home of one Achilles Whitney, a gentleman constructed on the lines of a white hope.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • The reverend gentleman was the white hope of the anti-suffragists.

  • The following morning the sporting sheets hailed "Sailor" Byrne as the greatest "white hope" of them all.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • First among them came a bugler, the officers, then next a trooper, leading the white hope—the precious Red Rover.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • He was polite and very gentle, but Sagorski, the white hope, knew what he was when aroused.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for white hope

white hope

noun
1.
(informal) a person who is expected to bring honour or glory to his group, team, etc
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Word Origin and History for white hope
n.

c.1912, originally in sporting use in reference to the quest for a white man capable of beating champion pugilist Jack Johnson.

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Slang definitions & phrases for white hope

white-haired boy

Related Terms

fair-haired boy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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