cuckoo in the nest

cuckoo in the nest

Someone in a group who is seen as different and ostracized by their peers. Since Sam always got good grades and never got in trouble, he was seen by his unruly peers as a cuckoo in the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest

cuckoo in the nest

an unwelcome intruder in a place or situation.
The female cuckoo often lays its eggs in other birds' nests. Once hatched, the cuckoo fledgling pushes the other birds' fledglings out of the nest.
See also: cuckoo, nest
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CUCKOO IN THE NEST Not content with these amazing achievements, nature then throws 'cuckoo bumblebees', into the mix.
Paisley First has organised a Cuckoo in the Nest trail and a recycled animal trail which will start on Friday, March 29.
When the Bafta-nominated show started in 2012, it co-starred Andy Samberg as the titular 'cuckoo in the nest', but when he left to make Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it initially looked to be the end of the line for one of BBC Three's most successful sitcoms.
After all, it wouldn't be spring, would it, without the voice of the occasional cuckoo!" Hence the book's title and the comment, "there are always the interesting implications of being a cuckoo in the nest."