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A would-be hero, someone who tries to promote themselves by claiming afterwards that they could and would have done something heroic if some (usually minor or irrelevant) factor had been different.
The would-bero claimed that he would have chased down and used his kick-boxing skills to stop the thief who mugged the old lady, if only he'd been wearing his old sneakers rather than the new ones he'd just bought at the time.
by CoinerS July 24, 2012