the giant warrior of the Philistines whom David killed with a stone from a sling. 1 Samuel 17:48–51.
(usually lowercase) a giant.
(usually lowercase) a very large, powerful, or influential person or thing: a neighborhood grocery competing against the supermarket goliaths.
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How to use Goliath in a sentence
I think the PRO Act, of course, is very much needed legislation, because our labor laws are so broken in this country that it takes an act of absolute heroism to stand up and face down Goliath.What the Labor Movement Needs to Keep 'Striketober' Going, According to New AFL-CIO Leader Liz Shuler | Abby Vesoulis | October 24, 2021 | Time
For our cover story, labor reporter Kim Kelly traveled to Bessemer to meet with workers to understand why this spiritual Southern town is the first to get this far in its organizing effort — a battle that the e-commerce Goliath is fighting mightily.
In China, an e-commerce David is gradually overtaking the country’s Goliath.By one key measure, Alibaba is no longer China’s largest e-commerce company | Jane Li | March 18, 2021 | Quartz
Scholars continue to debate whether David and Goliath were real people who met in battle around that time.The biblical warrior Goliath may not have been so giant after all | Bruce Bower | November 23, 2020 | Science News
Gath reached its peak during the Iron Age around 3,000 years ago, the time of biblical references to Goliath.The biblical warrior Goliath may not have been so giant after all | Bruce Bower | November 23, 2020 | Science News
Noble as the Catambrone family efforts are, they are like David to a Goliath-sized problem that is about to get much worse.Are European Rescuers Enticing Migrants to Their Deaths? | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After topping Chestnut numerous times this season, and based on his early pace it looks like David might actually trump Goliath.
Wilt Chamberlain once pointed out that “nobody loves Goliath,” as an excuse for his enduring unpopularity.
This is what the Magic and the NBA are counting on—a Goliath everyone can love.
He was wrong, of course, even scripturally: the Philistines loved Goliath.
The Goliath wouldn't answer; the Dublin said the force was coming off, and we could not get into touch with the soldiers at all.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Then, with one accord, they all rose and began to steer their way around the furniture toward the hall, Goliath following.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
We have men enough, and good men too, but we are short of pebbles for Goliath of Achi Baba.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
And was it not in imitation of some such practices, as that which he attempted, that Goliath cursed David by his gods?The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
God sends us at this crisis the shepherd David and his sling to do battle with Goliath of Guise.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for Goliath
Old Testament a Philistine giant from Gath who terrorized the Hebrews until he was killed by David with a stone from his sling (I Samuel 17)
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