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 had called Martin the black sheep of the family and repudiated him.
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.
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.
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.
It was the smallest planet, smaller than our own moon, and was the black sheep of the family.
Theo becomes concerned when he hears he had been pen pals with April and enlists the help of Uncle Ike, the black sheep of the family.
The Black Sheep of the family is Graham's eldest brother, Herbert.
Jim Sheridan's film is distinguished by emotionally raw performances and Gyllenhaal plies roguish charm as the black sheep of the family.