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  1. underdogs

    An underdog is a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is largely expected to lose. The party, team, or individual expected to win is called the favorite or top dog. In the case where an underdog wins, the outcome is an upset. An "underdog bet" is a bet on the underdog or outsider for which the odds are generally higher. The first recorded uses of the term occurred in the second half of the 19th century; its first meaning was "the beaten dog in a fight".In British and American culture, underdogs are highly regarded. This harkens to core Judeo-Christian stories, such as that of David and Goliath, and also ancient British legends such as Robin Hood and King Arthur, and reflects the ideal behind the American dream, where someone who is poor and/or weak can use hard work to achieve victory. Underdogs are most valorized in sporting culture, both in real events, such as the Miracle on Ice, and in popular culture depictions of sports, where the trope is omnipresent. The idea is so common that even when teams are evenly matched, spectators and commentators are drawn to establishing one side as the underdog. Historian David M. Potter explained that underdogs are appealing to Americans not because they simply beat the odds, but overcome an injustice that explains those odds - such as the game being unfairly rigged due to privilege and power. Sometimes a team or competitor may be technically the favorite in a game but be an underdog in the big picture, as they weren't expected to be in that kind of position, such as a Cinderella team in sports. In a story, the Fool is often an underdog if they are the main character. Their apparent ineptitude leads to people underestimating their true abilities, and they are able to win either through luck or hidden wisdom against a more powerful, "establishment" villain. An example in film is The Tramp portrayed by Charlie Chaplin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of underdogs in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of underdogs in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of underdogs in a Sentence

  1. Irishman Clarke:

    We don't know who the team is quite yet, darren will say they are the underdogs, I'm sure. They always say that.

  2. Chelsi Day:

    There’s a couple things. The underdogs feel more like they could be us. I think that there's this certain way that we relate to the folks who made it there but maybe are n’t coming in with as much … glory and recognition from the year, and I think that on a deep level, it shows that even the little guys can win sometimes.

  3. Val Dudley:

    Des Moines Sunday's Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar or Pete, i know that they're looked at as underdogs, but they resonate with me. They're a little more moderate and interested in finding middle ground.

  4. Angus Johnston:

    They both see themselves as underdogs, but their understanding of what it means to be an underdog are playing out in very, very different ways.

  5. Benjamin Hordell:

    In sports you have heroes, villains and underdogs, tiger has lived all of it. That's amazing from a storytelling perspective. People will root against him, but they're watching.

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