the 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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Denise - who recently won Celebrity Big Brother - was full of smiles with new man Lincoln last Thursday at The Awkward Squad bash.
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.
Unfortunately for Blair it would result in a cull of loyalists rather than a rash of defeats for the 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.
He is having to make some very difficult decisions today on foreign and domestic policy and if some of the awkward squad don't like that, then tough.
The LMC is a staff association of GPs and, naturally enough, its first concern is the well-being of general practitioners rather than the awkward squad known as the general public.
TELLING those lefties apart is never easy, especially members of the awkward squad.
As much as they can add a diplomatic gloss to events, the reversing Mercury and Mars represent the awkward squad.
The Harborne councilor and long-time member of the awkward squad is infuriating city council leader Mike Whitby with his ceaseless scepticism about the project, which Alden fears has no chance of delivering promised pounds 1.
Government whips are seeking to "cull" Labour's more elderly MPs and fully paid up members of the Awkward Squad.
Unlike most voters, when I hear a member of the awkward squad stand up to denounce their own party's latest plans I tend to think "hypocrite" rather than "hero".
Private Dennis Canavan, of the Awkward Squad, loosed a dud Exocet in the direction of "a British Prime Minister appearing on the international stage as an apologist for George Dubya Bush with a bomb in one hand and a loaf of bread in the other".
One MP said : "There seems to be an inner circle of those who are looked upon fav- ourably and others who are discounted as has-beens and the awkward squad.
As David Cameron tried to list his party's success in office at the last PMQs, the awkward squad proudly shouted out, in unison, louder and louder: "Where are the jobs?