poster child


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.

poster child

n.
1. A child who appears on a poster as a member of a group benefited by a charitable organization: a poster child for muscular dystrophy.
2. A person who is a prominent example or type of something: "He was a living poster child for the evil potential of inherited wealth" (Jim Harrison).

post′er child`


n.
a person or thing that exemplifies or represents: She could be a poster child for good sportsmanship.
[1965–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poster child - a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposesposter child - a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes; "she was the poster child for muscular dystrophy"
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
poster boy - a male poster child
poster girl - a female poster child
References in periodicals archive ?
Karen Harbert said, "The Keystone XL pipeline project has unfortunately become the poster child for the need to reform our permitting process so that we may fully realize North America's energy potential.
Baconthe unofficial poster child of non-kosher foodis hard to avoid these days.
I'm sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this.
To this day, the Great Depression serves as the poster child for the inherent evils of laissez-faire capitalism, and FDR is lauded by historians for having the political courage to save the world from its excesses.
The International Monetary Fund singled out the United States as a poster child for bad housing policies, calling on Washington to reform for the sake of global financial stability.
The payment will come through Bank of America, which now owns Countrywide, a company seen as the poster child for the subprime mortgage crisis.
USA Today recently named the ad industry "a poster child for a dearth of diversity.
POSTER CHILD is her own memoir of her first thirty years living with a disability and struggles with self-image.
Ritalin poster child Jamie Cullum and smarmy Harry Connick Jr.
San Diego is the poster child for local elected officials' eagerness to give public-employee unions everything they want -- even if they have to bend the law -- to advance their own political security.
As for lesson four, it's safe to say Ed Klein became the poster child for it when he released The Truth About Hillary in June of 2005.
And he references the poster child for an industry that didn't get it, the railroads, which lost dominance to challengers.