the uncrowned king/queen

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the uncrowned king/queen of (something)

Someone popularly considered to be the best or most impressive in a particular field or activity. The young woman has attracted a huge and fervent fan base, with many calling her the uncrowned queen of social media. In my opinion, he's not just the uncrowned king of featherweight boxers, but the best fighter in the entirety of the sport.
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(be) the ˌuncrowned ˈking/ˈqueen (of something)

the person considered to be the best, most famous or successful in a particular place or area of activity: Because of her expertise, she is regarded as the uncrowned queen of music in Pakistan.
A king or queen who is uncrowned, has not yet had a crown placed on their head.
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This is the man that King George IV of England grudgingly called "the uncrowned king of Ireland".
Built for Scotland's "uncrowned King" Robert Stewart, it only became a "royal castle" after his death.
The castle, built as the home of Regent Albany, "Scotland's uncrowned king", reflects his rich tastes and features superb architecture and a medieval courtyard.
RSS has made PM Modi an uncrowned king but the same uncrowned king will be overthrown by RSS and the public if he fails to deliver what he has been brought for.
Fernandes, a long-time socialist, rose to political prominence when he led the Bombay Taxi Unions Association and defeated the "uncrowned king of Bombay" SK Patil.
| 1653: Oliver Cromwell made himself Lord Protector, becoming an uncrowned king for the next four years.
As Chief Secretary of West Pakistan, he was uncrowned king of what the press used to call the 'western wing'.
WHILE sitting in the European Parliament in September listening to Viktor Orban, the increasingly authoritarian leader of Hungary, address MEPs it brought to mind that elements of the British establishment, including the uncrowned king the Duke of Windsor, were attracted to Hitler and his National Socialists in the 1930s.
The following month his father Robert III died, making James the uncrowned King of Scots.
It is an undeniable fact that the present political system is a misnomer as the Prime Minister was found to be the uncrowned king wielding all powers of the Provinces.
ON THIS DAY 1653: Oliver Cromwell made himself Lord Protector, becoming an uncrowned king for the next four years.
Shahnaz Begum dwelt upon her long associations with Badar Munir and said that the late actor was an uncrowned king of Pashto silver screen.
Shahnaz Begum dwelt upon her long associations with Badar Munir, said that the late actor was an uncrowned king of Pashto silver screen.
1909), |who popularised bananas in England, helped launch the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and became known as "The Uncrowned King of West Africa".