Dark Horse

RobertCharles

Vancouver, Canada

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A person about whom little is known or who reveals little about them self, especially one with potential as a competitor.

To ‘keep dark’, meaning to keep secret, is an expression going back at least 400 years, so it is possible that the related dark horse (a racehorse of unknown form but thought to have a good chance) existed in racing slang before it was first recorded in print in Disraeli’s novel The Young Duke (1831). Be that as it may, it soon became a popular metaphor for a person with unknown qualities and is now standard English.

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