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(the) odd man out

1. Someone who is excluded from or left out of a group for some reason. Ever since his injury, John has been odd man out when his friends go to play football together. I never really fit in with others. Even in elementary school I was usually the odd man out.
2. Something or someone that is decidedly or markedly different, atypical, or unusual in comparison to others in a group. My clunky old truck is quite the odd man out next to all my coworkers' new SUVs. You're going to be odd man out if you go to a dinner party dressed like that!
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odd man out

an unusual or atypical person or thing. I'm odd man out because I'm not wearing a tie. You had better learn to use the new system software unless you want to be odd man out.
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odd man out

1. A person who is left out of a group for some reason, as in The invitation was for couples only, so Jane was odd man out. [Mid-1800s]
2. Something or someone who differs markedly from the others in a group, as in Among all those ranch-style houses, their Victorian was odd man out. [Late 1800s]
See also: man, odd, out
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Smith was the odd man out when the JetHawks decided they'd switch to a four-man rotation for the playoffs.
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Zimmerman will replace either Janicki or John Thompson, with the odd man out returning to the bullpen.
Edmonds reported to work on Sunday morning only to discover that he was relegated to a spot on the bench - the odd man out in the Angels' one-man-too-many outfield quandary.
The odd man out of the pitching staff is veteran right-hander Mike Harkey, whom the Dodgers view as a starter and not a reliever.
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