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Dark horse   /dɑrk hɔrs/   Listen
Dark horse

A political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly.
A racehorse about which little is known.

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"Dark horse" Quotes from Famous Books

... a dark horse, but one that wins a good many races of this kind. He's apt to come in with a ...
— He Knew He Was Right • Anthony Trollope

... shouted furiously, "an 'expert from the Home office'! So that's the dark horse in the fur coat. Coombes! I'm fed up to the back teeth with this gun from the Home office! If I'm not to have entire charge of the case I'll throw it up. I'll stand for no blasted overseer checking my work! Wait till I see the Assistant Commissioner! What the devil has the ...
— Dope • Sax Rohmer

Words linked to "Dark horse" :   candidate, racehorse, bangtail, nominee, campaigner, race horse

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