Origin of would-be
Examples from the Web for would-be
But the current pontiff, for reasons one might fully understand, declined to meet the would-be papal assassin.
The would-be pope killer loves to be in front of the cameras, and the press in Italy is happy to oblige.
Siding with Obama on anything, no matter how sensical, is a risky move for a would-be Republican presidential candidate.
First, there are plenty of would-be gurus out there, especially in India.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?|Jay Michaelson|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This Tuesday, a bunch of vampires and would-be superheroes will knock on our doors and ask us to reward them.
Then he simply mounted a tree, and with revolver cocked, awaited his would-be intruder.The Hunted Outlaw|Anonymous
But poor blind humans, groping after would-be ideals, seek the complicated, mistaking it to be the artistic.The Feasts of Autolycus|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
He is a kind of would-be dandy, and a complete Radical of the worst and lowest sort.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835|Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
But in order to prevent her being attacked on the sea by would-be rescuers she was ordered to be convoyed by the Revenue cutters.King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855|E. Keble Chatterton
After a brief, terrible struggle, the would-be fugitives were borne down and trodden underfoot.In the Morning of Time|Charles G. D. Roberts