black sheep
noun Date: 1657 a disfavored or disreputable member of a group

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  • black sheep — by 1822 in figurative sense of member of some group guilty of offensive conduct and unlike the other members, supposedly because a real black sheep had wool that could not be dyed and was thus worth less. But one black sheep in a flock was… …   Etymology dictionary

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