poster child for (something)

(redirected from poster child for)

poster child for (something)

A person (usually an adult, not a child) who typifies or is the perfect example of a particular characteristic, attitude, opinion, cause, or type of person. Pete managed to disassemble their washing machine, fix the problem, and then reassemble it all by himself? Wow, he's like the poster child for DIY. Ms. Walsh built her fortune from nothing, through her own tireless work and intense ambition. She really is the poster child for the rags-to-riches American Dream.
See also: child, poster

a poster child for something

mainly AMERICAN
If someone is a poster child for a quality, activity, or situation, people associate them with it because they are a very good or clear example of it. Bethany McLean has become the poster child for financial journalists. Note: You can also say that someone is a poster boy for or a poster girl for something. There was a time when it seemed you were a poster girl for late motherhood. He's the poster boy for rugby worldwide. Note: A poster child is literally a young person who appears on a poster advertising something.
See also: child, poster, something
References in periodicals archive ?
companies are impacted by this latest trade tension, the "poster child for the U.S./China UFC battle" continues to be Apple (AAPL), with fears running rampant that these latest tariffs could significantly increase the cost of iPhones globally, he contends.
Summary: By trying to make an example of Ahed Tamimi -- dubbed by Western media as a modern day "Joan of Arc" -- Israel, by arresting her, has only managed to transform her into a poster child for resisting occupation.
Karen Harbert said, "The Keystone XL pipeline project has unfortunately become the poster child for the need to reform our permitting process so that we may fully realize North America's energy potential.
(Arguably, the Tesla Model S could be considered a poster child for aluminum vehicles, but people can't get over the electric powertrain so its structure and skin are typically overlooked.)
Auto Express said it was the "poster child for everything bad about British cars in the 1970s".
The city has become a poster child for Brexit as it was the first to declare in favour of quitting the EU.
An American consultant has called the public broadcaster CyBC a 'freak' and a 'poster child for dysfunction', according to a report published on Sunday by Politis.
If Gawker publisher Nick Denton seems an unlikely poster child for the First Amendment, then Hustler founder and publisher Larry Flynt's candidacy for defender of the faith would be shocking.
"I've become the poster child for that generation, and it's not necessarily something I particularly want to be.
Let's put it this way: Disgraced Former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski ain't exactly a poster child for intelligent investing, especially when it comes to seagoing vessels.
The latest in a string of criticism is the comment by two members of a US Congress- appointed committee of religious freedom, who have called Modi the " poster child for India's failure to punish the violent".
Important, given that Romania is emerging as something of a poster child for the IMF.
I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects."
She said: "You know what, I'm sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this.
To this day, the Great Depression serves as the poster child for the inherent evils of laissez-faire capitalism, and FDR is lauded by historians for having the political courage to save the world from its excesses.