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a bad egg

A dishonest or ill-behaved person. Primarily heard in US. We could tell he was a bad egg even at a young age.
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bad egg

An individual who turns out to be rotten, as in You can't trust him-he's simply a bad egg. Although egg had been used for various kinds of person (young, good, bad) since Shakespeare's day, this transfer of a seemingly wholesome food that, when opened, turns out to be rotten took place only in the mid-1800s. An early definition appeared in The Atheneum of 1864: "A bad egg ... a fellow who had not proved to be as good as his promise." In contrast, the schoolyard saying Last one in is a rotten egg does not have any special significance other than as a way of urging others to join an activity, jump in the water, or the like. Also see good egg.
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bad egg

n. a repellent person. You’re not such a bad egg after all.
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References in classic literature ?
I observed the doctor sniffing and sniffing, like someone tasting a bad egg.
Whin a bad egg is shut av the Army, he sings the Divil's Mass for a good riddance; an' that manes swearin' at ivrything from the Commandher-in-Chief down to the Room-Corp'ril, such as you niver in your days heard.
Durumin Iya warned people and guardians generally to always take good care of their children and young ones against bad eggs among in the society.
Let me remind you again that NCRPO has no place for bad eggs," he added.
And Vaughan added: "You have one or two bad eggs and let's be honest, they act like students when they go out, with big trays of shots.
But the recent actions of a few bad eggs in the force, he said, 'erased all the good things I had accomplished.
Of course, bad eggs are out of the question, but an egg that's a little drier will peel better once it's boiled.
The story moves along at a fast pace and is exciting, with battles and 'bad eggs' popping up unexpectedly to throw a spoke in the works (although I think said bad egg is vanquished far too easily).
THERE has been a lot of talk about bad eggs in dressing rooms during the past few days but, to my mind, no individual can ever be as rotten as a clique of five or six players.
I know doubts have been raised, but a few bad eggs don't mean that the hundreds of cricketers from all over the world are involved in fixing and that the IPL is fixed," he said.
The sport is clean, we are running it clean and one or two bad eggs cannot sully the game.
But the bad eggs must be struck off and punished before we totally lose faith in our health system.
She's convinced a couple of the bad eggs are responsible for him straying," the Sun quoted a source as saying.
Bad eggs are back in the news and, no, we're not talking about members of Congress.
When asked about customers who may abuse the policy, Starman added, "There are always going to be people that take advantage of things, but we're not going to let a few bad eggs spoil the bunch.