What does dark horse mean?

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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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dark horse in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dark horse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom Robbins, _Skinny Legs and All_, 1990, p. 305.:

    ...to emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on Heaven is to create hell. In their desperate longing to transcend the disorderliness, friction, and unpredictability that pesters life; in their desire for a fresh start in a tidy habitat, germ-free and secured by angels, religious multitudes are gambling the only life they may ever have on a dark horse in a race that has no finish line."

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