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a bad egg

A dishonest or ill-behaved person. Primarily heard in US. We could tell he was a bad egg even at a young age.
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bad egg

An individual who turns out to be rotten, as in You can't trust him-he's simply a bad egg. Although egg had been used for various kinds of person (young, good, bad) since Shakespeare's day, this transfer of a seemingly wholesome food that, when opened, turns out to be rotten took place only in the mid-1800s. An early definition appeared in The Atheneum of 1864: "A bad egg ... a fellow who had not proved to be as good as his promise." In contrast, the schoolyard saying Last one in is a rotten egg does not have any special significance other than as a way of urging others to join an activity, jump in the water, or the like. Also see good egg.
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bad egg

n. a repellent person. You’re not such a bad egg after all.
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But if I was seen as a bad egg then I must have been the quietest one the game has ever seen and I'd find the accusation quite bizarre.
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"We have a fantastic group of lads and there's not one bad egg in the dressing room.
Tiote's prolonged absence led to whispers of discontent behind the scenes, before last month accusations were made in the national media that the Ivorian was a 'bad egg' and 'poison' in the Newcastle dressing room.
But there wasn't a bad egg in this show and unlike many of the gigs my daughter and grandkids go to, it was all live and the voices are still going strong.
"When you have one bad egg in a dressing room and several sympathetic ears then you have a problem.
No, it doesn't think all jockeys are criminals, but that doesn't mean there may not be the odd bad egg who is willing to break the rules for his/her own gains.
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"But there's a bad egg in the side - and let's be blatantly honest, Kevin Pietersen is a bad egg.