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Definition of white hope in English:

noun

A person expected to bring much success to a team or organization: the great white hope of the Tory Left
More example sentences
  • Suede were the great white hope of indie rock for a while; everyone was expecting them to fill in the gap left by the Smiths.
  • Maybe some of our stars aren't running so well at the moment so he is now the great white hope!
  • Having been rejected by the Tories, the man formerly regarded as the great white hope of the British right has refused all interviews and even turned down a request from the student newspaper.

Origin

1911: originally referring to a white boxer thought capable of beating Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion.

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