dark horse


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dark horse

n.
1. One who achieves unexpected support and success as a political candidate, typically during a party's convention.
2. A little-known, unexpectedly successful entrant, as in a horserace.

dark horse

n
1. (Individual Sports, other than specified) a competitor in a race or contest about whom little is known; an unknown
2. a person who reveals little about himself or herself or his or her activities, esp one who has unexpected talents or abilities
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) politics US a candidate who is unexpectedly nominated or elected

dark′ horse′


n.
1. a competitor that is relatively unknown or that wins unexpectedly.
2. a candidate who is unexpectedly nominated at a political convention.
[1825–35]

dark horse

A candidate or entrant in a race who achieves unexpected support or success; apparently from a well-known Tennessee horse trader who owned a fast black stallion and would ride it like an ordinary horse to fool others into racing against it for money.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dark horse - a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly
campaigner, candidate, nominee - a politician who is running for public office
2.dark horse - a racehorse about which little is known
bangtail, race horse, racehorse - a horse bred for racing
Translations

dark horse

n (fig) to be a dark horseessere un'incognita
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Dark Horse is the largerthan-life story of how Jan Vokes along with her husband Brian were able to breed the horse, called Dream Alliance, in 2000 after a group of friends from a workingmen's club in Cefn Fforest, near Blackwood, formed a syndicate.
Dark Horse is the larger-than-life story of how Jan Vokes was able to breed the horse, called Dream Alliance, in 2000 after a group of friends from a workingmen's club in Cefn Fforest, near Blackwood, formed a syndicate.