They have done a bad job of championing middle-class interests.
The hope that Republicans could win votes among them by championing more open immigration was always delusive.
Many are championing a star like rumored frontrunner Marc Jacobs.
Recent efforts at championing Leona Lewis' "Happy" single or a Kylie Minogue comeback have fallen on deaf ears, for instance.
Obama started off well, championing service repeatedly during the 2008 campaign.
I think admiringly, yet quite impersonally, of her strenuous militancy in championing my cause against all attacks.
Isobel had never forgiven him for championing Jerry the night of the debate.
I must run downstairs and thank her for championing our cause.
On the other side was a democratic party, championing State rights.
I fear the championing of my cause will bring you into deadly peril, perhaps to death.
early 13c., "doughty fighting man, valorous combatant," also (c.1300) "one who fights on behalf of another or others," from Old French champion "combatant, champion in single combat" (12c.), from Late Latin campionem (nominative campio) "gladiator, fighter, combatant in the field," from Latin campus "field (of combat);" see campus. Had been borrowed earlier by Old English as cempa. Sports sense in reference to "first-place performer in some field" is recorded from 1730.
"to fight for, defend, protect," 1820 (Scott) in a literal sense, from champion (n.). Figurative use by 1830. Earlier it meant "to challenge" (c.1600). Related: Championed; championing.
(1 Sam. 17:4, 23), properly "the man between the two," denoting the position of Goliath between the two camps. Single combats of this kind at the head of armies were common in ancient times. In ver. 51 this word is the rendering of a different Hebrew word, and properly denotes "a mighty man."