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white hope

The person or thing expected to bring great success or fortune to someone or something. Since being signed last spring, many are talking about the rising football star as the team's white hope. While a great politician, I think it's wrong to see her as some white hope of the party.
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white hope

a person expected to bring much success to a team or organization.
The expression originated in the US in the 1910s as an epithet applied to a white heavyweight boxer who it was hoped (by whites) might beat Jack Johnson, the first black boxer to hold the world heavyweight title ( 1908–15 ).
1941 Lord Berners Far from the Madding War He was a composer: the white hope (so a critic had described him) of English music.
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Cooney was considered the great white hope and a lot of racial tension was drummed up before the fight.
Enter protege Tommy 'Machine' Gunn, played by John Wayne's great nephew and real-life great white hope, Tommy Morrison.
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The cause of all these words, all this passion, was not a political crisis or a natural catastrophe--it was a prizefight, the 1910 contest between Jack Johnson, the first Black heavyweight champion, and Jim Jeffries, who had been singled out as "the Great White Hope of the Western World.
After inadvertently injuring boxing world title contender Pete Wright, he's sensationally installed as the new great white hope.
Perhaps its most celebrated production was "The Great White Hope," which made history as it traveled from Washington to Broadway and then to film.
All this sniping represents a touching bit of nostalgic bluster that one would have thought the Afrikaner opinionmakers had been disabused of by now: namely, that they "coulda been contendahs" if only their Great White Hope had the cajones to do what was needed.
Essays range from commentaries on recent events ("Mike Tyson and the White Hope Cult," for example) to reflections on music, the author's education and his own Irish ancestry.
THERE was a time when Wilko Johnson was the great white hope of British rock.
Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope, directed by Edwin Sherin, premieres at Washington, D.
Elwa, the great white hope of the Assembly, were unwilling to assist me in retraining, for obscure reasons, but basically ageism; so two years ago I paid almost pounds 800 for a week's retraining, for what was the flavour of the month system.
engagement of its national tour Friday at the Ahmanson, may qualify as a bit of stage magic to certain audiences, Goldberg knows better than to mention it in the same breath with a ``Great White Hope.