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English Idiom of the Day – A black sheep

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo
A black sheep
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.
 
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