Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, as in sports or politics.
  • noun One that is at a disadvantage.

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  • noun A competitor thought unlikely to win.
  • noun Somebody at a disadvantage.
  • noun A high swing wherein the person pushing the swing runs beneath the swing while the person being pushed is at the forward limit of the arc.

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  • noun one at a disadvantage and expected to lose

Etymologies

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From under + dog.

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