Idiom – Dark Horse

  • Idiom – Dark horse
  • Meaning – Someone who wins something unexpectedly.  A  person, animal or thing that competes in something and is not expected to win. A contestant that seems unlikely to succeed or a contestant that we know very little about.
  • This expression is usually used to describe someone who has unexpectedly come from behind to lead something or to win something.
  • This phrase originated from horse racing. A dark horse was a horse that was unknown to the gamblers, therefore it was to know what odds it should be.

When could you use this idiom?

  • An unknown athlete is leading an important race.
  • A little known politician is leading in the polls.
  • An amateur singer  is unexpectedly nominated for an award.
  • A small independent movie is nominated for an international award.
  • “Hugo Sanchez is a dark horse to win the FIFA Player of the Year award.”
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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