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Synonyms for would-be

unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition


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Residents said the wedding guests came dancing to the house of the would-be bride.
So, as the Tory whips metaphorically (we hope) twist arms and issue threats to would-be rebels, the British political system is gradually but discernibly being reduced to rubble.
Soros, a Hungarian-American businessman famous for his spot-on market predictions, called Trump "a would-be dictator," said the real estate magnate was "going to fail" and forecasted a grim future for markets.
"No matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits" - US President Barack Obama heaps praise on his would-be Democrat successor at the White House, Hillary Clinton.
Manama: A would-be thief in Kuwait City has begged for mercy after he was overpowered by his targeted victim and his robbery attempt failed.
Having progressed through seven weeks of blind auditions, two battle rounds, two knockout stages and two live shows, the would-be stars face the ultimate test of their vocal abilities, with the winner earning themselves a recording contract.
I am passionate about Wrexham and would strive for major regeneration of the town - the high number of vacant business premises needs redressing quickly as would-be visitors are not being attracted.
Al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber, was executed after she was convicted in 2006 of plotting terror acts in her role in the 2005 terrorist bombings which hit three hotels in Amman and claimed the lives of 56 people, an interior ministry statement said.
A WOULD-BE MP has called for a change in the law to protect unwanted greyhounds from suffering inhumane deaths.
Frustrated playcaller Steutel delivered a strong message to the would-be hoop stars and said: "When the competition gets tough we start to blame each other and we are not all on the same page.
| KUWAIT -- Justice Mohammad Al-Duaij, the chief of the execution prosecution, said in a statement the death penalty was taken in line with a Koranic verse that stipulates that the death sentence sets an example for deterrence against would-be offenders.
The latest crop of would-be millionaires were like almost every other Apprentice candidate - brash, delusional egomaniacs.
Among Afghans, there has been this ages-old tradition of the groom's family buying gifts -- suits, gold, cosmetics, cakes, cookies and dry fruits -- for the would-be bride.
By KABUL, August 25, 2011 (Frontier Star): The Afghan President Hamid Karzai met 20 children, alleged would-be suicide bombers, at the presidential palace here Wednesday (August 24).
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