Many college superstar athlete are hailed as the next big thing, but then flop at the professional level.

I could not imbibe the meaning of "as the next big thing". What does it mean?

  • To imbibe means to drink. – Old Brixtonian Jun 11 '20 at 19:46
  • @OldBrixtonian Thanks for your commet, but imbibe also means "absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge). "if one does not imbibe the culture one cannot succeed"" – user115852 Jun 11 '20 at 19:54

Hail, verb (2), def. 1a Merriam-Webster.

to greet with enthusiastic approval : acclaim - hailed as a great success

If someone is hailed as the next big thing, you may consider them a rising star, an embodiment of the future of the field (in this case, athletics or sports), or more generally, just expected to be uniquely successful in a given field.

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