[uhn-der-dawg, -dog] /ˈʌn dərˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
a person who is expected to lose in a contest or conflict.
a victim of social or political injustice:
"The underdogs were beginning to organize their protests."
1875–80, Americanism; under- + dog1
Example Sentences for underdog
The underdog creams a top-ranked opponent-and the crowd goes wild.
If your heart is with the underdog than you should make a real effort to find out why he's the underdog.
We should know who the underdog is and how swiftly that character will get obliterated in the absence of a miracle.
Boxed in, the underdog champ remained motionless and let his clock run.
Either the favorite has covered or the underdog won outright.
They are still the underdog-though not, perhaps, for much longer.
Reducing fees and the option to file provisional applications help the underdog without hindering the big companies.
For a genuine underdog, the advantage of an uphill election is that no one expects you to win.
There's too much at stake these days, apple are no longer the underdog, they're the big target.
Because it does encourage and embrace the underdog, as opposed to being cut down if you don't look a certain way.
British Dictionary definitions for underdog
underdog (ˈʌndəˌdɒɡ)
1.  the competitor least likely to win a fight or contest
2.  a person in adversity or in a position of inferiority

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Word Origin and History for underdog
"the beaten dog in a fight," 1887, from under + dog. Cf. top dog "dominant person in a situation or hierarchy."
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