black sheep of the family


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black sheep of the family

Fig. the worst member of the family. Mary is the black sheep of the family. She's always in trouble with the police. He keeps making a nuisance of himself. What do you expect from the black sheep of the family?
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Middle East expert Adil Najam, a professor of international relations at Boston University who has studied the bin Laden wealth, said: "Osama is the black sheep of the family.
It also helps that the acting is excellent, starting with Paul Capsis as the transgendered black sheep of the family, who disappears from time to time into the identity of his dead mother Teula.
They are generally thought to be graceful looking trees -- the poet Coleridge called them "The Lady of the Woods" -- although one birch does resemble the so-called black sheep of the family.
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It was the smallest planet, smaller than our own moon, and was the black sheep of the family.
Theo becomes concerned when he hears he had been pen pals with April and enlists the help of Uncle Ike, the black sheep of the family.
All her life the Queen's sister was known as the black sheep of the family, a reputation that will be reinforced in this documentary.
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Although he was the black sheep of the family, Mick had a charmer's tongue and a likeable comical face that could melt the fiercest heart.
She's pleased, because at the start I was the black sheep of the family.
But with Pieces Of April, Holmes gets to play centre stage as a black sheep of the family who holds a peace-offering Thanksgiving dinner in her chic SoHo apartment for her father (Oliver Platt) and dying mother - played by Patricia Clarkson, who has won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
The not unattractive Katie Holmes, of Dawson's Creek fame, (pictured left) plays April, the black sheep of the family.
I suppose I am the black sheep of the family in terms of that, but my family have always given me massive support with my football.