black sheep of the family


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the black sheep of the family

One who is unlike other family members, sometimes due to intentional rebelliousness, and often viewed unfavorably by them. Everyone likes me because I'm so quiet and obedient. The same cannot be said for my wild cousin Nathan, who is the black sheep of the family.
See also: black, family, of, sheep

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?
See also: black, family, of, sheep
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My wife Sue suggested the name Black Sheep with a bit of humour as I became the black sheep of the family after leaving the family business to set up a new one."
Casualty - As Others See Us BBC1, 8.20pm Ruth's brother Jonathan, the black sheep of the family, makes an unwelcome visit to Holby City Hospital, fresh from serving a prison sentence, as the medical drama continues.
But this week the elusive black sheep of the family finally shows his face, when Zainab sneaks off to meet him.
While he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fordham University and is the son of a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, you might say Patrick Breslin, president of Grubb & Ellis East Coast Retail Group, is the black sheep of the family. Now a commercial broker for more than two decades, Breslin learned his skills lie in the relationship-driven industry of real estate.
A self-confessed black sheep of the family who bred his first horse as an eight-year-old, the German is determined to make his mark at the highest level as a thoroughbred breeder at the Haras de Saint Pair du Mont.
A CHEEKY ram is certainly not the black sheep of the family after he made himself at home in his rescuer's house.
Largely thanks to the snappy editing, short scenes and a strong cast led by a matronly Deneuve and Amalric's enjoyable perf as the black sheep of the family, "A Christmas Tale" never devolves into a tedious two-and-a-half hours of self-examination.
Dervla says: "I play the black sheep of the family who comes back, having left after a catastrophic event that half of the family don't know about and the other half don't talk about.
I, the second youngest, became the black sheep of the family, leaving the practice of my priesthood after nine years and marrying-out of the Church.
The reason for Edwin's descent from the family is not certain, as some records suggest young Edwin was looked on as a black sheep of the family. He was given 3000 [pounds sterling] by his father and told to go and farm sheep in Australia.
But following years of mucking out the stables, the versatile 22-year-old admits he is now the black sheep of the family after failing to follow in the footsteps of his world champion show jumper dad Derek and his uncle - seven-times national hunt champion - John Francome.
Her initiation ceremony will take place on the family's remote Vermont farm, where Georgia, her mother, and her aunts have always done as Grandmother dictates--until the black sheep of the family, Aunt Carmen, appears, revealing family secrets that turn Georgia's world upside down and change the lives of all the Hansen women.
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. He is completely ostracised."
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.
Lack of calcium invites occupancy of the cells to strontium-90 -- a member of the family to which calcium belongs but, in health terms, a "black sheep of the family."