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Dark Horse (A)

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A racing term for a horse of good pretensions, but of which nothing is positively known by the general public. Its merits are kept dark from betters and book-makers.

At last a Liberal candidate has entered the field at Croydon. The Conservatives have kept their candidate back, as a dark horse.”—Newspaper paragraph, January, 1886.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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