great white hope


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great white hope

Someone or something expected to succeed or on whom/which certain hopes are based. Many have come to regard the presidential candidate as a great white hope for a new era of social reform and economic prosperity. The new video game console is widely seen as the foundering company's last great white hope.
See also: great, hope, white

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.
See also: great, hope, white
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England's great white hope, Steve Harmison, will be playing in only his second five-Test series.
It's not just about him, either, because I don't want to put any pressure on him or say he's the great white hope.
But reckons it'll all be solved by the great white hope that is Dickie Attenborough and his Dragon International Studios.
He has also appeared in various Broadway shows, with performances including that of a 90-year old witch doctor in The Great White Hope.
She always referred to herself as an NEA baby, since she started in theater in 'The Great White Hope,' which had been the product of an NEA grant,'' says Cherie Simon, Alexander's former communications director at the NEA.
HALF of my family are Evertonians and they do not tire of telling me that Wayne Rooney is the great white hope, the saviour, the chosen one - you name it.
SIAN BRICE could well be Britain's Great White Hope.
George disposed of the latest Great White Hope Lou Savarese in Atlantic City in April and he's still a contender despite a TEN-YEAR career lay- off between 1977 and 1987.
Jones is well known for his stage and film roles as well as voice work in notable projects including The Lion King (Mufusa) and Star Wars (Darth Vader), and performances in The Great White Hope, Fences, and, most recently, On Golden Pond at The Kennedy Center.
Twelve months ago Beef Or Salmon was widely regarded as the great white hope of Irish steeplechasing and a realistic contender to Best Mate's crown, writes Michael Clower.
Elwa, the great white hope of the Assembly, were unwilling to assist me in retraining, for obscure reasons, but basically ageism; so two years ago I paid almost pounds 800 for a week's retraining, for what was the flavour of the month system.
Atkinson in particular can take some consolation in his defeat, coming as it did against a player regarded as the great white hope of American tennis.
He has just signed a $1m deal with Nike and is America's great white hope at the moment - even his coach gets $25,000 - and everyone was there to see him.
5MILLION: The 1993 fight against Great White Hope Tommy Morrison went out of the window when Morrison lost to unknown Michael Bentt.
McCann was Dundee's great white hope in November's Hampden showpiece, the kid winger who could unlock the Pittodrie defence.