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"Cinderella" in British English

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Cinderellanoun [S]

uk   /ˌsɪn.dərˈel.ə/  us   /-dəˈrel-/
a ​girl in a ​traditionalstory who was ​badlytreated 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 ​healthservice.
US someone or something, ​especially a ​sportsteam, that ​achievessuccess when ​peoplethink they are very ​unlikely to: The Colts, with ​their "​poor" ​defense, may ​prove to be the Cinderella ​team of the ​playoffs.
(Definition of Cinderella from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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Cinderellanoun [C]

 us   /ˌsɪn·dəˈrel·ə/
someone or something ​suddenlysuccessful but ​previouslyunknown or given little ​attention, from a ​traditionalstory: All four Cinderella ​teamslost in the ​semifinals, ​leaving no ​trueunderdogs.
(Definition of Cinderella from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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