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.

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Origin of white hope

First recorded in 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for white hope

white hope


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

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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