a dark horse
- a person who does not tell other people about their ideas or skills and who surprises people by doing something they did not expect
E.g. He is a dark horse. I didn’t know he had composed so many songs.
- a person who wins a race or a competition though no one expected them to win
E.g. Everybody thought that George would win the elections but the independent candidate turned out to be a dark horse and beat him on the first ballot.
If you feel that someone in your life has been keeping a secret from you can use the following idiom “to keep someone in the dark”
- to deliberately not inform someone about something
E.g. I think our mother has been having some health problems for a while but I don’t understand why she has been keeping us in the dark about it.
the dark side of someone or something
- the negative and often hidden aspect of someone or something
E.g. The dark side of being famous is that you can’t have privacy and you are always stalked by paparazzi.
a deep, dark secret
- a piece of information that is extremely private and confidential, usually shameful or embarrassing
E.g. I think this person has a lot of things to hide. I can feel he is going to reveal a deep, dark secret about his life.
a shot in the dark
- an attempt to do something or to guess something without knowing much about it
E.g. I can’t figure out how he knew the answer to that difficult question. I think it was just a shot in the dark.
- time of extreme misfortune or difficulty
E.g. Everybody has those dark days when nothing seems to go right.
to whistle in the dark
- to pretend to be unafraid
E.g. He was afraid about the outcome of the interview but he had to whistle in the dark and show confidence in front of his employer.
All cats are grey in the dark.
- In the dark physical appearance is unimportant
E.g. I don’t care if he is handsome or ugly. All the cats are grey in the dark.
The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
- said to emphasise that things often seem at their worst just before they get better
E.g. They say the darkest hour is just before the dawn.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining.
- this proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.
E.g. Even though you failed your exam you learned a lot of new things so in the end every dark cloud has a silver lining.
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