underdog


un·der·dog

noun \ˈən-dər-ˌdg\

: a person, team, etc., that is expected to lose a contest or battle

: a less powerful person or thing that struggles against a more powerful person or thing (such as a corporation)

Full Definition of UNDERDOG

1
:  a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest
2
:  a victim of injustice or persecution

Examples of UNDERDOG

  1. I always root for the underdog instead of the favorite.
  2. As a lawyer, she consistently represented the underdog.

First Known Use of UNDERDOG

1859

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