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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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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.
Souness has been forced to deal with an endless list of problems since he took over from Sir Bobby Robson in August and most of them have been caused by the bad eggs he inherited.
But the baby's father Darren Wyatt, aged 33, from Buckland, Portsmouth, told the judge: 'When you get to the stage when you grow to love someone, you can't just throw them away like a bad egg and say you will get a different egg.
The term was actually popularised by P G Wodehouse and probably originates as the opposite of the 19th century "bad egg", so named because a bad egg smells.
Perhaps even venturing themselves to view the hospitality on offer to their guests and tourists, thereby ensuring that one bad egg doesn't spoil good businesses for those that care for their clientele and set an example of good patronage and service.
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Certain stories have made out that he has been a bad egg but that is wide of the mark" It is believed Reo-Coker would prefer to be a first-team regular in a club looking to get into Europe rather than be lost in a bigger squad.
There's not a bad egg in this production and the dance pieces, sets and design only add to the lavishness of it all.
Their youngest, Baby, rebels against her father by falling in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny; meanwhile, the oldest daughter, the lovely Jessie-Lou Yates, playing Lisa, dates Harvard college student Robbie, a bad egg also working at the resort.
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Step forward Janine, killer of fat husbands and all-round bad egg.
This means every bad egg, including pedophiles, could potentially move to north central, or other depressed areas of the city.
Only 9 of the 58 patients bad EGG abnormalities; most of those were benign variations, and the rest were induced when the patient tampered with the electrodes or deliberately altered his physiologic reflexes.
We could trip over the cat, eat a bad egg, crash the car--but generally, to prevent a paralysis of fear in our lives, we don't think about these possibilities.
And that one bad egg can make a group of people ill if it is pooled with other eggs and used to make a batch of scrambled eggs that is accidentally undercooked.