sleeping giant


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sleeping giant

A country that is not currently very powerful or influential but has the potential to be due to its size, population, resources, military, etc. It is still not a major economic player at the moment, but with its huge population and rapidly expanding technological infrastructure, many see it as something of a sleeping giant. I fear we may wake a sleeping giant if we initiate an attack against the country.
See also: giant, sleep

sleeping giant

a great power that is still and waiting. The huge country to the south is a sleeping giant, waiting for its chance to become sufficiently industrialized to have real prosperity. The U.S. was a sleeping giant at the outbreak of both world wars.
See also: giant, sleep
References in classic literature ?
The big, round-shouldered sand-dunes were the sleeping giants of some old northern tale.
He said: "We keep hearing that Dunfermline is a sleeping giant of Scottish football but my job is to make sure that the club finally gets a wake-up call.
Let's face it, after 10 years as chairman, pounds 43m, plus half-a-million a year to keep you ticking over is just reward for transforming Newcastle from a sleeping giant who hadn't won a domestic honour in 42 years to a sleeping giant who haven't won one for 52 years.
This Thunder Bay-area architect was nominated for his use of wood both structurally and aesthetically in a variety of projects, including the Old Fort William Visitor Information Centre, Sleeping Giant Park Visitor Centre, Elk Lake Eco-Resource Centre and the Marathon Tourist Information Centre and Ski Lodge.
The study area surrounds Lake Nipigon and follows through to the south of Sleeping Giant peninsula.
Our mission is to wake up the sleeping giant," Middleton says.
With the opening of the casino, along with the region's natural attractions like the Sleeping Giant and Kakabeka Falls, the fort's standing as a major point of interest can be strengthened, he adds.
The city is still looking to have the entire development, which will be anchored by a 180-room Sheraton Four Points Hotel with views overlooking the Sleeping Giant, completed by 2004 as originally planned.
A club spokesman said: "We've been inundated with applications which reflects our position as the sleeping giant of non-league football.