the black sheep

black sheep

One who is unlike other members of a family, group, or organization, sometimes due to intentional rebelliousness, and often viewed unfavorably by them. (Sometimes used in the expanded phrase "the black sheep of the family.") Everyone likes me because I'm so quiet and obedient. The same cannot be said for my wild cousin Nathan, who's been the black sheep since we were kids. The studio is proving to be quite the black sheep of the movie industry, making big-budget films that fly in the face of Hollywood's conventions.
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black sheep

The least reputable member of a group; a disgrace. For example, Uncle Fritz was the black sheep of the family; we always thought he emigrated to Argentina to avoid jail . This metaphor is based on the idea that black sheep were less valuable than white ones because it was more difficult to dye their wool different colors. Also, in the 16th century, their color was considered the devil's mark. By the 18th century the term was widely used as it is today, for the odd member of a group.
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the black sheep

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the black sheep of the family

COMMON If you describe someone as the black sheep or the black sheep of the family, you mean that the other people in their family disapprove of them and consider their behaviour to be bad. `I was always the black sheep,' he says. `Everyone else stayed in New Jersey but I was the one to go.' My uncle was the black sheep of the family and we were never encouraged to talk about him. Note: Black sheep are less valuable than white sheep since their wool cannot be dyed. In addition, people used to associate the colour black with evil.
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the black sheep

a person considered to have brought discredit upon a family or other group; a bad character.
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a/the black ˈsheep (of the family)

a person who is different from the rest of their family or another group, and who is considered bad or embarrassing: Debbie is the black sheep of the family, having left home at seventeen to live with her boyfriend.Shepherds used to dislike black sheep because their wool was not as valuable as white wool.
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black sheep

A deviant or eccentric; the least successful, least admirable member of a group. Black sheep were long considered less valuable than white ones because their wool could not readily be dyed. Several sixteenth-century writers wrote of the black sheep as a dangerous (“perilous”) animal, among them John Lyly. In the eighteenth century, the application to the human deviant became common. Sir Walter Scott wrote, “The curates know best the black sheep of the flock” (1816), and “the black sheep of the family” was an increasingly common way of singling out the odd member.
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black sheep

A disreputable or unloved family member. Since the majority of domestic sheep have white fleece, a black one would be different from the rest of the flock. And because the word “black” has a historically strong negative connotation, one of that color would be unwanted (in real life, sheep farmers don't like them because black fleece, which can't be dyed, is less commercially valuable). In the age of politically correct speech, the phrase is now infrequently used, and that's not because family members now get along in greater harmony than they once did.
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References in classic literature ?
The third, Rodger, was the black sheep of the family.
He had called Martin the black sheep of the family and repudiated him.
He said that you had been convicted on circumstantial evidence; that was why you had got life imprisonment instead of hanging; that you had always stoutly maintained your innocence; that you were the black sheep of the Maryland Dettmars; that they moved heaven and earth for your pardon; that your prison conduct was most exemplary; that he was prosecuting attorney at the time you were convicted; that after you had served seven years he yielded to your family's plea and pardoned you; and that in his own mind existed a doubt that you had killed McSweeny."
The specialists of the Black Sheep Innovations atelier in Zurich decided to find application for all the body cavities of the Volkswagen Amarok, for which they had to use furniture rails, which are usually used in the mechanisms of drawers.
Lee's broad and thorough affect comes alive through stories, history lessons, and the metaphor of the black sheep -- made to reference Agnes G., the grandmother who raised her, and Lee, as well, all of whom are shown going against the grain in one way or another.
With 25,483 coffee shops around the country, and the number expected to rise, are the Black Sheep founders worried that the market could end up oversaturated?
Yes if only the black sheep were more black and less grey.
Addressing the large Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, Sirajul Haq said that in order to make the accountability process effective, the government should also throw out the black sheep in its fold.
"All the black sheep within the law enforcing institutions will also be taken to task for their collusion with the drug barons," he asserted.
They were interviewed during the 'Exes Baggage' thanksgiving party, which was livestreamed on the Black Sheep Facebook page on Oct.
With the students explain that, in order to transport the wool, we want to design a way for the black sheep and its master to separate the wool into three bags.
'The black sheep in account office and education department have been demanding bribe for every official work.
The official sources told reporter here on Friday that the district food department received information that the owner of a restaurant and hotel had stocked 600 bags of wheat flour which he got on special subsidized rates in connivance with the black sheep in the department concerned.
You have proven that, ironically, there in only one slot in the family worth vying for - that of the Black Sheep.