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noun 
  1. A competitor thought unlikely to win.
    • 2004: The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.40
    • : In Athens, the Americans are underdogs to the Chinese and the Canadians (italbrac, the Canadians!)
      1. Somebody at a disadvantage.
      2. 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.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: underdog
  • Spanish: tapado (Argentina)
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, somebody at a disadvantage)
Etymology: From under + dog.


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