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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dark′ horse′(n.)

  1. a competitor that is relatively unknown or that wins unexpectedly.

    Category: Sport

  2. a candidate who is unexpectedly nominated at a political convention.

    Category: Government

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dark horse(noun)

    a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly

  2. dark horse(noun)

    a racehorse about which little is known


  1. dark horse(Noun)

    A candidate who is nominated unexpectedly, without previously having been discussed or considered as a likely choice.

  2. dark horse(Noun)

    An unexpected success.

  3. Origin: Originally an allusion to an unknown horse winning a race, as used in an 1831 novel The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli.


  1. Dark horse

    A dark horse is a little-known person or thing that emerges to prominence, especially in a competition of some sort or a contestant that seems unlikely to succeed.


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