Definition of white hope in US English:

white hope


  • 1A person expected to bring much success to a group or organization.

    ‘he was the great white hope for many kids trapped in bad lives’
    • ‘His natural charm helped him climb to the top, but it was no defence against the jaded forces that lay waiting to cut down the great white hope in his prime.’
    • ‘Last week the German stock market authorities announced the closing of the Neuer Markt, once the great white hope for high technology and new economy shares.’
    • ‘It seems only yesterday that it was being touted as the great white hope of the Highlands and Islands, its principal employer, a sustainable source of revenue for the future.’
    • ‘The Government billed him as the great white hope, the man most capable of delivering to the health service the tonic it desperately needed.’
    • ‘Let's talk about the great white hope John Kerry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tartt was heralded as the great white hope for literary fiction, the woman who would single-handedly revive dense, chewy prose.’
    • ‘Microsoft, being the great white hope, at least initially, sings the praises of their Windows operating system in a world darkened by IBM.’
    • ‘Where is the great white hope of the National Party?’
    • ‘On the eve of the 2003 world championships, we profile the great white hope in British swimming at the moment, Cardiff's David Davies.’
    • ‘The Personal Retirement Savings Account is being seen as a great white hope for women keen to take greater control of their financial affairs in retirement.’
    • ‘In previous speeches, Helen Clark and Michael Cullen have lauded biotechnology as the great white hope of the knowledge economy to make money for New Zealand.’
    • ‘For months, gamers around the globe have been enjoying next-generation games courtesy of Microsoft and its great white hope.’
    • ‘It is the cousin of interferon, which was artificially produced and was viewed as the great white hope for cancer sufferers.’
    • ‘Increasingly frantic and frazzled, Cabin Fever reveals that Eli Roth is just another also-ran in the search for the great white hope for the horror genre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Together they form Britain's Olympic sprint team and, as Boardman prepares for a Sydney swansong, this trio has become the great white hope of British cycling.’
    • ‘The great white hope of the Dreamcast platform sneaked out just before Christmas, and in truth was quite disappointing.’
    • ‘But in the 21st century, each new major opera composer (rare beasts in themselves) is a great white hope and expectations run high.’
    1. 1.1 Formerly, a white boxer believed by fans to be able to beat a black champion.
      • ‘When Johnson beat white hope Jim Jefferies that there were 14 lynchings.’
      • ‘In 1995, Peter McNeeley, another manufactured white hope, was demolished in ninety seconds by Mike Tyson.’
      • ‘But on July 4, 1910, America's Independence Day, Johnson knocked out white hope Jeffries in the 15th round.’
      • ‘Later that year Quarry met another top white hope in George Chuvalo.’
      • ‘Since Johnson had beaten every credible white contender, there was little discussion of another white hope in the newspapers following the fight.’


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


white hope

/ˈˌ(h)wīt ˈhōp//ˈˌ(h)waɪt ˈhoʊp/