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be a (something) in the making

To be likely to become a particular thing. She's the best actress in the school, so I think she's a Hollywood star in the making. The fact that those reports aren't ready yet is a disaster in the making.
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crisis actor

1. Someone who portrays a victim in a training drill for emergency personnel, such as firefighters and EMTs. I volunteered to be a crisis actor at my local hospital's disaster drill.
2. conspiracy theory Someone who impersonates a victim of a tragic incident, typically a mass shooting, that has been staged. The concept originated with conspiracy theorists who claim that such actors are employed by governments or secret organizations attempting to stage such incidents to gain support for a particular agenda. The term gained widespread attention when some survivors of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were claimed to be crisis actors by conspiracy theorists in the aftermath of the shooting. Can you believe that some people think the Parkland kids were crisis actors paid to be there to further the liberal agenda on gun control? How sick is that?
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opioid crisis

A public health crisis in the United States and Canada involving a sharp increase in the use of, addiction to, and overdoses from opioid drugs, especially since 2015 (although the trend is traced to the late 1990s). Opioids, typically used as prescription painkillers, include morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, as well as heroin, which is illegal. Ingesting high doses of opioids can cause respiratory failure and death. Also known as the "opioid epidemic." The opioid crisis has led to a staggering number of deaths in a short period of time.
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