great white hope
Something or someone that is expected to succeed. For example, Mark is the great white hope of the international division. This expression dates from the early 1900s, when heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, who was black, seemed invincible and the term was used for any white opponent who might defeat him. It gained currency as the title of a Broadway play and later (1970) a film. By then it had been transferred to anyone of whom much was expected.
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Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.
It would became one of the first great mysteries in the United States of America, as it was only then 23 years old.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The breakdown of the 114th Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.
Unfortunately, this is more about protecting the legacy of a ‘great man.’
Great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
"Capital, capital," his lordship would remark with great alacrity, when there was no other way of escape.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
I waited three months more, in great impatience, then sent him back to the same post, to see if there might be a reply.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
After a minute's pause, while he stood painfully silent, she resumed in great emotion.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
And she would be wearing some of the jewels with the white dress—just a few, not many, of course.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
The country is well inhabited, for it contains fifty-one cities, near a hundred walled towns, and a great number of villages.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift