underdog (plural underdogs)

  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 (the Canadians!)
    • 2014, Jacob Steinberg, "Wigan shock Manchester City in FA Cup again to reach semi-finals ↗", The Guardian, 9 March 2014:
      The visit of a Championship side would not normally send a shiver down their spine but they knew that Wigan were underdogs who would snap at their heels and that they possessed a potent bite if they were not kept on a firm leash.
    Synonyms: little guy
  2. Somebody at a disadvantage.
  3. 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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