1. (a) rumor,《英》 (a) rumour
    • 下馬評では次の選挙は自由党が勝つ
    • The word [talk] is that the Liberal Party will come out on top in the next election.
    • 内閣改造に関して様々な下馬評が行われている
    • 「There are all sorts of rumors [All sorts of things are being whispered] about the Cabinet reshuffle.
    • 下馬評にも上がらない新人候補が意外と勝つことがある
    • Sometimes 「a dark horse [an unknown new candidate] comes out of no where to win.