Definition of white hope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


white hope

BrE BrE//ˌwaɪt ˈhəʊp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwaɪt ˈhoʊp//
[singular] (informal)
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a person who is expected to bring success to a team, an organization, etc. He was once the great white hope of British boxing. Word Origin1911: originally referring to a white boxer thought capable of beating Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion.

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