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a rotten apple

A person whose own words or actions negatively impacts an entire group of people. Taken from the proverb "a rotten apple spoils the bunch." Before you accuse the entire department of wrongdoing, you should try to find the rotten apple that initially caused the problem.
See also: apple, rotten

rotten apple

a single bad person or thing. There always is a rotten apple to spoil it for the rest of us. Tom sure has turned out to be the rotten apple.
See also: apple, rotten

rotten apple

A bad individual among many good ones, especially one that spoils the group. For example, The roommates are having problems with Edith-she's the one rotten apple of the bunch. This expression is a shortening of the proverb a rotten apple spoils the barrel, coming from a 14th-century Latin proverb translated as "The rotten apple injures its neighbors." The allusion in this idiom is to the spread of mold or other diseases from one apple to the rest. In English the first recorded use was in Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack (1736).
See also: apple, rotten

rotten apple

n. a single bad person or thing. There always is a rotten apple to spoil it for the rest of us.
See also: apple, rotten
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A three-level governance framework provides insight for analyzing the causes of failure comprise: external governance (this deals with the rotten core aspects and addresses the issues that financial institutions face in the marketplace), internal governance (this deals with the rotten barrel aspects and addresses responsibilities and accountability of the firm), and individual governance (this deals with the rotten apple aspects and ensures that individuals are able to fulfill the obligations of both internal and external governance).
According to the OPDQ, "the Rotten Apple award denounces a company from the food industry whose ads can carry confusion about the concept of a health food or about the nutritional value of a product.
The proverbial rotten apple could cost you an entire harvest.
The poster asks: "Is there a rotten apple in the barrel?
19 ( ANI ): Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is all set to join Italian giants AC Milan in a 24 million pound deal despite club owner Silvio Berlusconi branding him a rotten apple recently.
So long as one rotten apple is left in the barrel .
There is a saying that one rotten apple can spoil a barrel which is how they used to be stored, in close proximity in barrels.
Unfortunately even in the nursing profession there will be the odd rotten apple.
Smith, a father of one, finally recognised he had been a thoroughly rotten apple.
Rogue cop Colin Farrell isn't the only rotten apple being looked at by Edward Norton (above).
Balotelli's 14 Premier League games this season have bought him just one goal and the 22-year-old was last week dubbed a rotten apple by AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi.
The old saying, one rotten apple can spoil the barrel still holds true for all stored crops, so we will be turning out the sacks of potatoes stored to check that we haven't got a similar problem there as well.
Andrew Bell, who races greyhounds at Brough Park, said: "If you point to any sort of industry, there is always a rotten apple in every basket.
I'm embarrassed by the mess and besides, if I leave them they become a playground for wasps as well as children and one of these days a little darling is going to pick up a rotten apple to throw at his mate and get his fingers stung to bits.
London, Jan 11( ANI ): English Premier League club Manchester City is convinced that a deal to sell striker Mario Balotelli to Italian giants AC Milan is still on despite club president Silvio Berlusconi branding the madcap forward as a rotten apple.