a dark horse


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a dark horse

 
1. (British & Australian humorous) a person who does not tell other people about their ideas or skills and who surprises people by doing something that they do not expect I didn't know Linda had written a novel. She's a bit of a dark horse, isn't she?
2. a person who wins a race or competition although no one expected them to (sometimes + for ) 17-year-old Karen Pickering could also be a dark horse for (= she could win) a medal in the European Championships. (American)
See also: dark, horse
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Helen Darras to promote "Exile To Babylon," a Dark Horse Comics science fiction graphic novel she produced, at the Inaugural 2013 Cardiff Film & Comic Con, Aug.
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