dark horse

noun
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of dark horse

1 a : a usually little known contender (such as a racehorse) that makes an unexpectedly good showing
b : an entrant in a contest that is judged unlikely to succeed
2 : a political candidate unexpectedly nominated usually as a compromise between factions

Examples of dark horse in a Sentence

  1. The Democrat from Utah has gone from being a dark horse to the front-runner in the campaign for President.

  2. The movie is a dark horse for the award.

  3. He is a dark horse, but I did find out that he once played football professionally.

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First Known Use of dark horse

1831


DARK HORSE Defined for English Language Learners

dark horse

noun

Definition of dark horse for English Language Learners

  • : a person (such as a politician), animal, or thing that competes in a race or other contest and is not expected to win

  • : a person who has interesting qualities or abilities that most people do not know about


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