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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwould-beˈwould-be ●○○ adjective   would-be actor/murderer etc
Examples from the Corpus
would-beThe Drama Centre is a great help for all would-be actors and actresses.No one man changed football more in this century than the would-be colliery official who drifted by chance into soccer management.Finally, there may be costs incurred by would-be developers who attempt to produce capital gains by getting planning permission.Not only does a company interview prospective employees, the would-be employees are supposed to interview the company.And they also believe that would-be organic farmers should be encouraged with financial incentives.So far, the most desperate of measures has not been taken, perhaps because would-be refugees have nowhere to run.A morning rain may have kept some would-be voters home.