The slow runner who everyone believes is going to lose the race is an example of the underdog.
- a person or group that is losing, or is expected to lose, in a contest or struggle
- a person who is handicapped or at a disadvantage because of injustice, discrimination, etc.
Origin of underdogorigin, originally , the dog that is losing in a dogfight
- One that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, as in sports or politics.
- One that is at a disadvantage.