dark horse

dark horse


  • a little known, unexpectedly successful entrant
  • someone who was previously unknown, but suddenly emerges into prominence
  • someone who keeps their skills and ideas secret and surprises others by doing something unexpected
  • a person who wins a race or competition though no one expected them to win

Example Sentences

  1. You never can tell, some dark horse many come along and win a House of Lords seat.
  2. Though many favoured the bigger teams to win the competition, the local team was a dark horse, and surprised everyone with their dazzling performances.
  3. Everyone thought that the seasoned campaigner would win the election this time, but the new candidate turned out to be a dark horse and beat him comfortably.
  4. While Dennis is the favourite to win the contest, our own local boy Harris could turn out to be a dark horse with his talent and skills.
  5. No one knew about her earlier, but suddenly she is being seen as the dark horse with such amazing display of her abilities.
  6. A lot of people are saying that she could be the dark horse for winning a medal in the championships.


The expression, quite evidently, originated from horse racing. A dark horse was one that was not known before the race, but performed very well. It later came to be used figuratively, in its current sense. The earliest known reference is in “The Young Duke” by Benjamin Disraeli in 1831.

, ,

D 6 Comments


AuthorAnonymous writes on 16th December 2018

Examples are very big

AuthorBushra writes on 19th September 2018

Good examples. I loved them ♥

AuthorHafiz writes on 27th August 2018

I need lowest call rate. 05 per 10 second

AuthorSaudamini sharma writes on 12th April 2018

I suggest you to give some small examples. Otherwise it’s alright. I liked it a lot. Thank u so much

AuthorAshis Kumar Dinda writes on 18th November 2017

The origin is Very helpful to remember.

AuthorViswanath writes on 13th November 2017

Very useful information those who haunts to learn idioms & phrases. I felt very happy to find this web.

Leave a Comment

Idiom of the Day

rub the wrong way
rub the wrong way also, rub up the wrong way Meaning | Synonyms to tick someone off to be rude to someone and cause a tiff or a ... Read on


Like Facebook Page

Recent Comments

Keep in Touch

Copyrights © 2019 - The Idioms - All Rights Reserved.