the black sheep of the family

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the black sheep of the family

One who is unlike other family members, sometimes due to intentional rebelliousness, and often viewed unfavorably by them. Everyone likes me because I'm so quiet and obedient. The same cannot be said for my wild cousin Nathan, who is the black sheep of the family.
See also: black, family, of, sheep

black sheep of the family

Fig. the worst member of the family. Mary is the black sheep of the family. She's always in trouble with the police. He keeps making a nuisance of himself. What do you expect from the black sheep of the family?
See also: black, family, of, sheep
References in classic literature ?
The third, Rodger, was the black sheep of the family. He came of the old masterful Baskerville strain and was the very image, they tell me, of the family picture of old Hugo.
He had called Martin the black sheep of the family and repudiated him.
It takes its toll.' We also quickly meet Edith, played by Jessica Hynes, who is the black sheep of the family. She's a dedicated environmental activist and has been away for years in the thick of protesting.
I asked him where he learnt his talent and he just explained that he was "the black sheep of the family." His father and mother made good pizza...
In life, Dash was the black sheep of the family. Following his death at twenty-two from an apparent drug overdose, Dash gets into trouble in the underworld and sees his only escape through the possession of his sixteen-year-old sibling, Ruby.
"She's definitely the black sheep of the family which is something she embraces, but I think it's also her biggest struggle."
He was referred to as the black sheep of the family.
Demond apparently was the black sheep of the family, with prior felony convictions and arrests for possession of a handgun and stolen property.
"My character Sam is the black sheep of the family. He is the brother of the show's lead character, Kokoy (Dingdong Dantes) who is a priest.
"She'll be doing it tonight, she'll be watching the Royal Variety show and I know what she'll be saying - she'll be like: 'Oh look, there he is, the black sheep of the family, embarrassing himself in front of the one that got away'."
Marina's brother Pasha, a poet and the black sheep of the family, stays behind.
Even though Mellie is the black sheep of the family, Nettie still holds out hope the show might help to change her younger sister.
She always described herself as the black sheep of the family, but it was all her own doing.
As the black sheep of the family, Rennie is stubborn and strong willed, which may be a good thing as his grandfather wants him to fly to Iceland and deliver a message from beyond the grave.
"He describes himself as the black sheep of the family, and he says that he will have to change his lifestyle."