English Idiom of the Day – A black sheep
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
Someone who is the black sheep doesn't fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is bad, odd or disgraces the group.
Example: My brother was the black sheep in the family - he ran away at 16 to become an actor.
Did you know...? The idiom originated from the occasional black sheep which is born into a herd of white sheep and the fact that black sheep are less desirable than white ones because it is more difficult to dye their wool different colours.