an enfant terrible

an enfant terrible

a famous or successful person who likes to shock people by behaving badly (usually + of ) Jean Paul Gaultier, the enfant terrible of French fashion, arrived at the show wearing a mini kilt.
See also: terrible
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Orton was a true prodigy of '60s London - an enfant terrible of the working classes.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, who began his career in television, had a reputation as an enfant terrible of the British movie world.
The Oscar-nominated film-maker, who began his career in television, had a reputation as an enfant terrible of the British movie world.
Blackburn boss Hughes was an enfant terrible himself in his younger days, having physical run-ins as he went through his own Old Trafford rite of passage.
Though John insisted on professionalism and was always businesslike, his pose as an enfant terrible was maybe not a pose.
Haynes was like some celluloid Antichrist damning the Aristotelian unities to hell, ricocheting through time and space between the laboratory of an obsessed scientist, the bedroom of an enfant terrible, and the erotically charged bunkers of a prison.
Petersburg drama school--has always had the reputation of being an enfant terrible.
JAN FABRE, the brilliant Belgian theatre-maker, is often described as an enfant terrible (though well into middle age) with his cutting-edge shows resisting any categorisation and relying on the unexpected, the erotic and the shocking.
With "Larry Rivers: Art and the Artist," the Corcoran hangs its hopes on an enfant terrible who's pushing eighty, sporting both earring and hearing aid.
No longer an enfant terrible, the Chelsea forward has matured into a selfless, valuable footballer who usually prefers to keep his own counsel.
Nerone is an enfant terrible, a dread-locked cross between Michael Jackson and David Beckham, wielding the power of a spoiled child.