Origin of dark horse
Words nearby dark horse
How to use dark horse in a sentence
For years, advertisers have considered Amazon to be a dark horse to upend the Google-Facebook duopoly.As privacy changes loom, Amazon stands to reap the greatest reward|Michael Waters|April 6, 2021|Digiday
Earlier this year, Honeywell, a dark horse, surprised many people by bursting onto the quantum computing scene with a version of its own technology.Quantum computing is entering a new dimension|rhhackettfortune|December 3, 2020|Fortune
Like some other Hyundai products, the Ioniq is a bit of a dark horse.5 cheap electric cars to buy until Tesla delivers on its $25,000 promise|dzanemorris|September 23, 2020|Fortune
Another dark horse, Tennessee Senator Al Gore, was finding little traction in his efforts to become a centrist alternative.Want President Hillary? Then Primary Her|Jeff Greenfield|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several years later I met George in New York while he was in the middle of his Dark Horse tour.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even Katy Perry felt silly during her “Dark Horse” performance, right?Beyonce Gave the Best Grammy Awards Performance (And 8 More That Were Pretty Good, Too)|Kevin Fallon|January 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The scene was similar in 1978 when Karol Wojtyla from Poland was elected on the eight ballot as a dark-horse candidate.‘Habemus Who?’ A Daunting Task at the Papal Conclave|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Oscar gurus even peg him as a dark horse for a Best Actor nod this year.‘The Impossible’ Star Tom Holland On His Award-Worthy Film Debut|Kevin Fallon|December 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How long had Inspector Whiteleaf and this dark horse in the fur coat been gone at the time you heard the noise?Dope|Sax Rohmer
These had occasionally surprised men and induced them to declare that Planty Pall,—as he was then often called,—was a dark horse.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
The dark horse had won, and public favor immediately swung in his direction.The Honorable Percival|Alice Hegan Rice
The supporting representatives of the dark horse made short, forceful speeches.
Hume had gained ten votes from the Wilksley men and fifteen from the dark horse, but still lacked the requisite number.
British Dictionary definitions for dark horse
Cultural definitions for dark horse
An unexpected winner. In politics, a dark horse is a candidate for office considered unlikely to receive his or her party's nomination, but who might be nominated if party leaders cannot agree on a better candidate.
Other Idioms and Phrases with dark horse
A little known, unexpectedly successful entrant, as in You never can tell—some dark horse may come along and win a Senate seat. This metaphoric expression originally alluded to an unknown horse winning a race and was so used in a novel by Benjamin Disraeli (The Young Duke, 1831). It soon began to be transferred to political candidates, among the first of whom was James K. Polk. He won the 1844 Democratic Presidential nomination on the eighth ballot and went on to win the election.