- 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
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- 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
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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