sleeping giant ( sleeping giants plural ) If you refer to someone or something as a sleeping giant, you mean that they are powerful but they have not yet shown the full extent of their power. (JOURNALISM) n-count
The trust, which has 2.3 million members, has been characterised as a sleeping giant of the environment movement.
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