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white hope

a person who is expected to accomplish much in a given field:
the white hope of the American theater.
Sports. (formerly) a white man who had a good chance of winning the heavyweight boxing championship from a black man.
Origin of white hope
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The reverend gentleman was the white hope of the anti-suffragists.

  • 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 "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
  • 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

(informal) a person who is expected to bring honour or glory to his group, team, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for white hope

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for white hope

white hope


A person or thing on which hopes are based

[1911+; fr a white boxer who might beat Jack Johnson, the first black boxer to be world heavyweight champion (1908–15)]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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