anything mysterious, dangerous, unusual, unexpected, confusing, or sketchy
synonomus with "sketchy"
when you see a man walking around at midnight, you might say that he is a darkhorse, or that the situation is darkhorse because that is an unusual event
basically this word can be used in any form
ex. "that guy is a major darkhorse" (that guy is mysterious)
ex. "that game was so darkhorse" (that game was confusing)
ex. "darkhorse!" (exclaiming that something is sketchy)
Not the main favored candidate. Someone somewhat unkown who exceeds expectations of all others in an event. This saying is said to go back to the Victorian politician Benjamin Disraeli who, apart from finding time to regularly become Prime Minister, also found time to write a novel called "The Young Duke". In the book there is a description of a horse race in which the two favourites cannot make the running. In the meanwhile "a dark horse...rushed past the grandstand in a sweeping triumph".
Georgia Tech was a dark horse in the 2004 NCA basketball tournament.
A mysterious or shy person who unexpectedly turns out to be the best at something.
Popularly used to describe a man who may not initially catch a lady’s attention but is then unpredictably, completely charming (and, if the lady really hits the jackpot, is fantastic in bed). Due to the element of surprise, a dark horse can often beguile even the most beautiful and intelligent ladies into bed.
‘You got Lizzie
into bed? Damn, you’re a dark horse man. We’ve all been trying for months’
Darkhorse is a person who everyone expects to be last in a race.
Think of it this way. The person who looks like he can never get laid defies the odds and gets any girl he can by being sly,shy and cunning. Although he's not a player, he can really charm the ladies.
Lady: Hello! How are you?
Darkhorse: Good, yea. Haha. Where're you from?
Lady: Oh. Just take me now baby.
did you see that guy! I never thought such a nerdy looking boy could get that chick! That guy is definately a darkhorse.
Something/someone you wouldn't expect to win but they could. The first defitinition on UD is correct, but the term can also be used to refer to sports teams.
Basically in reference to, lets say Ohio State in the 2010 NCAA March Madness Bracket challenge. Most people are not expecting Ohio State to win or be in the final four, but it's posibly they could pop up and win, or at the least make a finalfour appearance.
George predicted 4 teams he thought would be in the final four, but also figured that Ohio State would be the darkhorse of the 2010 Brackets if there was one.
"I think Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and Duke will be in the final four, and if there is a darkhorse I think it could be Ohio State"
a person or team that is no likely to win but may do so anyway
A dark horse like that could have dealt a major blow to your credibility.
To Dark-Horse (verb)
To act in a sly or secretive manner, rarely letting others know what you're doing, where you're going, or who you're going with.
Being a very shady character, and being quite quiet are essential to perfecting this action.
A good poker-face is obligatory, of course.
I saw Ryan buy 4 different cards for Valentines Day
, he is such a Dark-Horse, i never know what he's up to.