awkward squad


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awkward squad

A group of individuals within a unit or organization who do not cooperate, accept change, or act in the group's interest, either deliberately or due to incompetence. This awkward squad of senators is causing headaches for both parties.
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the awkward squad

a squad composed of recruits and soldiers who need further training.
Shortly before his death Robert Burns is reported to have said, ‘Don't let the awkward squad fire over me’. Nowadays, the expression is often used to refer to a group of people who are regarded as tiresome or difficult to deal with.
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I had to take exception this time because (a) I was comfortably full and didn't want to push my luck and (b) I was being a bit Awkward Squad in that I've given up chocolate for Lent.
So, if you find yourself encountering the Awkward Squad, take a deep breath, clench your teeth, smile sweetly and just be doubly determined to get things moving fast, from tomorrow.
When white Bulawayans dominated the city they also opposed the country's capital, then called Salisbury, at just about every turn and black Bulawayans were an awkward squad, too.
I do not wish boost egos even further by describing them as the Awkward Squad, something I feel sure they would wear as a badge of honour.
O'Leary seems to be the natural fit given the make-up of the new consortium but he has been cultivating a reputation as a member of the awkward squad, so it may not be quite as simple as that," said Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison.
He was a hard-working constituency MP but he did not always chime with the message and he was one of our awkward squad.
Enter chief cheer-leader for the awkward squad, Albert Nobbs.
The downfall of Alun Michael means he's under no illusions that when the going gets tough, the awkward squad are apt to get the knifes out.
Recent anti-austerity protests were written off all too easily as the whining of losers and the awkward squad rather than as serious attempts to express an alternative vision of the future.
Charlie also appeared in the UK tour of Cooking with Elvis alongside Frank Skinner and The Awkward Squad.
That means assuring his awkward squad that a serial election-loser will be on his way out soon enough.
Bubbly Denise, 53, let slip about Tim's new relationship at a party in London to launch new play The Awkward Squad.
CRAIG Bellamy will discover the secret of Cardiff City manager Dave Jones' remarkable success with football's awkward squad.
Even the leisure scrutiny committee, chaired by serial awkward squad member John Alden, has nothing much of any interest on its books.