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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
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The big, round-shouldered sand-dunes were the sleeping giants of some old northern tale.
These sleeping giants an affectionate term I don't mind admitting I've borrowed from friends more creative than I move quietly and modestly in and out of your spheres of influence, irrespective of the industry in which you work.
Calling itself Sleeping Giants, the group has been urging companies, on Twitter, to pull their advertising from Breitbart News since last November, shortly after the presidential election.
"We hadn't really heard of Breitbart, so when we went on to see what it was all about, we were pretty shocked," said a spokesperson for Sleeping Giants, citing such recent headlines as "There's No Hiring Bias Against Women In Tech, They Just Suck At Interviews" and "Gay Rights Have Made Us Dumber: It's Time To Get Back In The Closet." The SG group, which consists of a Facebook community page and a series of regional Twitter accounts, started last November in an attempt to counter what its founder called "outright sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia ...
MIDFIELDER Roy Beerens believes 'sleeping giants' Reading can be woken from their slumber by boss Jaap Stam.
An inventive tale inventively told, Sleeping Giants is designed for people who like to take things apart and put them back together.
However, the club's three consecutive First Division titles in the 1920s is the seventh best record, and their seven-times runners-up record is the fourth best, which helps lift them up in the ranking of 'sleeping giants.'.
But if the deal is right Mandaric may sell up and let someone else take on the sleeping giants. Mandaric has put plans on hold as he looks for the new money man - with boss Dave Jones holding back from signings in the hope of a quick deal.
In a division rife with sleeping giants such as Belgrave Harriers and Leeds City, little margin for error can be afforded if promotion is to be achieved from the bottom flight and despite some excellent individual displays on the day, the city finished sixth of the eight league sides making the trip to Crawley.
AUSTRALIAN rugby legend John Eales has branded England "the sleeping giants of world rugby" and fears they could beat the Wallabies Down Under.
But he has restored his reputation at PSG and the sleeping giants are in with a chance of landing their first title since 1994.
If they've got at least three players I've heard of, then they are potential sleeping giants. If not, they're not.
The keeper is convinced the Fifers are sleeping giants and could be challenging for top honours soon.
Sharp is confident of maintaining the revival of one of the sleeping giants and said: "I'm delighted with the make-up of the squad.
Jimmy Mullen last night began the task of reviving one of the 'biggest sleeping giants in non-League' after being appointed manager of Bromsgrove Rovers.