A dark horse

Definition

A dark horse is an idiom referring to a person or thing that emerges from obscurity to prominence in a competition, especially in an election.

Examples

The mayor was a dark horse in the election, but managed to beat out the other candidates.

I had no idea that he was such a dark horse in the race.

She was the dark horse of the competition and came out victorious in the end.

He was a dark horse in the race, but he ended up winning.

Origin

The phrase comes from horse racing, where a dark horse is a horse of unknown lineage or a horse that is not well known by the public.

Faq

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What does it mean to be a dark horse?

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To be a dark horse is to be an unexpected contender in a competition, usually one that emerges from obscurity to prominence.