hidden gem

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hidden gem (plural hidden gems)

  1. Something possessing a value or beauty that is not immediately apparent, which therefore has received far less recognition than it deserves.
    • 1902, John Taylor, Reminiscences of Isaac Marsden of Doncaster, C. H. Kelly, page 107:
      Ordinary readers would have passed it by unnoticed, but his keen eye saw the hidden gem, and he quickly seized it, and held it up to his delighted hearers.
    • 2012, Time Out Paris, Time Out Guides Ltd (→ISBN), page 187:
      Tucked away in a corner of Les Halles, L'Autobus Impérial is a hidden gem. The rather unattractive entrance does little justice to the superb art nouveau dining room, built in 1910 and boasting a listed glass ceiling.
  2. (video games) A hidden item for a player to find.
    You get a bonus in this game if you find the five hidden gems.