underdog

[ uhn-der-dawg, -dog ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg /

noun

a person who is expected to lose in a contest or conflict.
a victim of social or political injustice: The underdogs were beginning to organize their protests.

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Origin of underdog

1875–80, Americanism;under- + dog
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British Dictionary definitions for underdog

underdog
/ (ˈʌndəˌdɒɡ) /

noun

the competitor least likely to win a fight or contest
a person in adversity or in a position of inferiority
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