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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: want to be

wannabe

noun
     
wan‧na‧be [countable]
informal someone who tries to look or behave like someone famous or like a particular type of successful person, because they want to be like them - usually used to show disapproval [↪ would-be]:
A load of Michael Schumacher wannabes trying to show what they can do on the track.
wannabe pop stars

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