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Definition of Would-Be

Would-Be

  1. Desiring or professing to be; vainly pretending to be; as, a would-be poet.

Would-Be Quotations

The world is well supplied with spiders whose male ancestors died after mating. The world is bereft of spiders whose would-be ancestors never mated in the first place.
Richard Dawkins

On our watch, the conversation with a would-be suicide bomber will not begin with the words, 'You have the right to remain silent.'
Mitt Romney

Abstract Expressionism - the first American movement to have a worldwide influence - was remarkably short-lived: It heated up after World War II and was all but done for by 1960 (although visit any art school today and you'll find a would-be Willem de Kooning).
Jerry Saltz

Big companies often use their leverage to take stakes in would-be suppliers, especially in the technology business.
Alex Berenson

There is no greater way to ensure that universities remain a hotbed of leftist thought than to guarantee that professors knight their own successors. But that's basically how the Ph.D. system works, with sitting professors approving the work of would-be professors.
Ben Shapiro
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