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Cinderella

noun [S] uk   /ˌsɪn.dərˈel.ə/  us   /-dəˈrel-/
a girl in a traditional story who was badly treated by her sisters but who met and married a prince UK someone or something that is given little attention or care, especially less than they deserve: Mental health has long been considered the Cinderella of the health service. US someone or something, especially a sports team, that achieves success when people think they are very unlikely to: The Colts, with their "poor" defense, may prove to be the Cinderella team of the playoffs.
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