See also: darkhorse
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- (idiomatic) Someone who possesses talents or favorable characteristics that are not known or expected by others.
- 1952, Daphne Du Maurier, “Monte Verità”, in The Apple Tree:
- ‘She’s a dark horse,’ he said. ‘She knows just as much about climbing mountains as you or I. In fact, she was ahead of me the whole time, and I lost her.’
- (idiomatic, politics) A candidate for an election who is nominated unexpectedly, without previously having been discussed or considered as a likely choice.
- (horse racing) A horse whose capabilities are not known.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see dark, horse.
possessor of unexpected talents or favorable characteristics
unexpectedly nominated candidate
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