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1‘the world snooker champion’
winner, title-holder, defending champion, gold medallist
prizewinner, cup winner, victor, conqueror
informal champ, top dog, number one
2‘a champion of change’
advocate, proponent, promoter, proposer, supporter, standard-bearer, torch-bearer, defender, protector, upholder, backer, exponent, patron, sponsor, prime mover
pleader for, campaigner for, propagandist for, lobbyist for, fighter for, battler for, crusader for, apologist for
apostle, evangelist, missionary
North American booster
3‘there was little chance of his defeating the King's Champion’
knight, man-at-arms, warrior, defender, duellist, paladin, hero
1‘an organization championing the rights of tribal peoples’
advocate, promote, plead for, hold a torch for, defend, protect, uphold, support, back, espouse, ally oneself with, stand behind, stand up for, take someone's part, campaign for, lobby for, fight for, battle for, crusade for, take up the cudgels for
propose, sponsor, vouch for, second
informal stick up for, throw one's weight behind, plug
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