dark horse

(redirected from dark horses)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

dark horse

n (fig) to be a dark horseessere un'incognita
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
It was noted, in following years, that several leaders of workmen built themselves houses and blocks of renting flats and took trips to the old countries, while, more immediately, other leaders and "dark horses" came to political preferment and the control of the municipal government and the municipal moneys.
The third, a bit of a dark horse from the first, was at the end of eighteen months something of a dark horse still to the department.
I 'm the dark horse. Nobody knows me--not even Young Sandow.
Last week's winners Dawn Of The West (11-1), Sinawann (9-1), Darver Star (13-2), Act In Time (9-2), Ballyoisin (11-4), Queen Amidala (11-4) and Helvic Dream (11-4) were highlighted in Dark Horses Keep tabs on Justin O'Hanlon's Dark Horses by entering them in your Horse Tracker at racingpost.com
While some are rooting for the past champions, others say this year could be the year of the dark horses.Ahmed al Kaabi, head, Communications Department, Oman Football Association and a well-known commentator feels the two teams to watch out for are France and Brazil.
In came Dark Horses FC with a very bold claim to engrave their name on the cup - and they backed that up over the first few games of the season, winning all of their fixtures in a quite convincing fashion.
SHAMROCK Rovers boss Stephen Bradley has laughed off the idea of Waterford as dark horses - insisting that they have invested too heavily for that tag.
You have a scenario where the strong players as at present; Known Horses, Grey Horses, Dark Horses, and others.
'I think that UP shouldn't be a dark horses now, but rather, they're one of the contenders also.
When asked about his dark horses for the World Cup, Shaw answered: "Australia eased the rules on players outside Australia playing, I think that's a huge boost for the Australian game."
Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Senators Francis Escudero, Grace Poe, and Panfilo Lacson are also viewed as potential dark horses.
NIGEL CLOUGH is adamant his side are "very dark horses" for a top-six finish in this season's Championship.