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dark horse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dark horsenoun

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

  2. dark horsenoun

    a racehorse about which little is known

Wiktionary

  1. dark horsenoun

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

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

  2. dark horsenoun

    An unexpected success.

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

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  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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    Read the full text of the Dark Horse poem by Robert Haigh on the Poetry.com website.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of dark horse in a Sentence

  1. Alison Willmore:

    Right now, it's looking like '1917''s to lose, i can see a world where 'Parasite' could be a dark horse candidate. It's so beloved. Once we get past that, there is probably a chance for 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'.

  2. Alison Willmore:

    I can see a world where 'Parasite' could be a dark horse candidate. It's so beloved. Once we get past that, there is probably a chance for 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'.

  3. 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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