be a square peg (in a round hole)

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be a square peg (in a round hole)

To act or think differently than most people, especially when it causes one to not fit in or be comfortable with others or in a particular situation. It only took three months to realize I was a square peg in a round hole at the firm. I guess I just don't buy into the whole corporate hierarchy of modern business. When the man in the fancy suit walked into the biker bar, it was obvious that he was a square peg.
See also: peg, round, square

be a square ˈpeg (in a round ˈhole)

(British English, informal) not fit well or easily into an organization, a job, etc. because you are different: I don’t have the right personality for the job. I feel like a square peg in a round hole. OPPOSITE: in your element
See also: peg, square
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Some kids are here because they are a square peg and simply don't fit the hole,'' said Martin, who was assistant principal for 10 years at both Westlake and Thousand Oaks high schools before coming to Conejo Valley five years ago.