Definition of underdog
1 : a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest
2 : a victim of injustice or persecution
Examples of underdog in a Sentence
I always root for the underdog instead of the favorite.
As a lawyer, she consistently represented the underdog.
Recent Examples of underdog from the Web
Coming into the fight the +450 underdog, Horn looked second-best for most of the fight only for judges to hand him the win in controversial fashion by the judges.
Creative Alliance, then with barely $9 million in billings, came in as a huge underdog in a battle against much larger advertising firms.
Oprah Trump was a businessman with zero political experience running an underdog campaign.
A celebration of underdog theater, with 13 short plays (titles such as Rats in a Hot Swishhunt, What's Cookin' with Zack Bwaff, and Budget Discount Carla) and a couple of short films. 7 and 9 p.m.
Looze is trying to cast her as the underdog for worlds, given that Efimova has been faster than King this year.
The Devil Wears Prada author shifts her tale of an underdog taking the fast lane to the top from fashion to the world of professional tennis.
His teams were Finals underdogs six of eight times, including this year.
Corbyn, by contrast, was, like Donald Trump, the underdog populist from beyond the Westminster bubble, known for jousting with the political class in both parties.
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First Known Use of underdog
UNDERDOG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of underdog for English Language Learners
: 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)
UNDERDOG Defined for Kids
Definition of underdog for Students
: a person or team thought to have little chance of winning (as an election or a game)
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