from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, as in sports or politics.
- n. One that is at a disadvantage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A competitor thought unlikely to win.
- n. Somebody at a disadvantage.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one at a disadvantage and expected to lose
The term underdog usually isn't associated with the California University of Pennsylvania football team.
Like "socialist", "appeaser" and "community organizer", the appellation "underdog" is just another co-opted, re-jiggered rightwing button that gets pushed every time Ailes and Company want their audience to respond like the flinching sheep they are.
All of a sudden, it was a contest, and because the underdog is almost always a crowd favorite, the fans got behind the underdog.
Shrouded in underdog status, the unit hit a No. 10 spot in 1971 with R&B single "You're the Reason Why," and two years later they went to No. 14 on the charts with "It's Forever."
After that, the underdog is fighting a battle up a steep hill and is not likely to recover lost ground.
Of course, the underdog is not always right, and nor are the Palestinians, backed by the power of the Arab states and Iran, exactly the underdog.
The underdog is always challenging the front-runner to a debate.
The first rule for every heavy favorite playing against an upstart underdog is to attack early and crush the other team's spirit as quickly as you can.
The reason you are the underdog is because eighty percent of America wants the Iraq occupation to end, and you want to stay for fifty to one hundred years. —
The underdog is what keeps you from quitting every thing you do that requires faith, hope, and enormous effort to even have a sliver of a chance to succeed.