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white hope (n.)

"person or thing that people hope will be very successful in the near future," 1911, originally in U.S. sporting use in reference to the quest for a white man capable of beating champion pugilist Jack Johnson.

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Definitions of white hope from WordNet

white hope (n.)
someone (or something) expected to achieve great success in a given field;
this company is the great white hope of the nuclear industry's waste management policy
Synonyms: great white hope
From wordnet.princeton.edu