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A member of a family or group who is regarded as a disgrace to it.
- ‘I'm already a black sheep as it is, I didn't need to be pushed out further.’
- ‘All families are untidy, with their unsolved mysteries, unspoken secrets, black sheep and messy relationships.’
- ‘Would my beliefs make me the black sheep of the family?’
- ‘There are black sheep in every profession and in today's society, where the emphasis is on money, there will be those who seek to enrich themselves at all costs.’
- ‘I was the black sheep of my family, getting in trouble trying to get rich.’
- ‘However, I am the black sheep in a family of shopaholics.’
- ‘I'm happy enough to be the black sheep of the team, just like I'm the most downwardly mobile member of my family.’
- ‘Now, I'm the black sheep of the family, the ungrateful and neglectful daughter.’
- ‘Staten Island is sort of the black sheep of the five boroughs.’
- ‘Just suffice it to say that I have stood where you stand now - scorned by family members, labeled a black sheep.’
- ‘Having always been the extroverted black sheep in my family I'd always been very curious about these things we weren't allowed to do.’
- ‘We're devils and black sheep and really bad eggs.’
- ‘She is the black sheep of the family; drug rehab, shoplifting - you name it, she has done it.’
- ‘Sarah is the free spirit black sheep of a rich family and is known for her impulsive, spontaneous personality.’
- ‘Every family has a black sheep, and I guess I was the one for our family.’
- ‘The whole thing was debunked by three university professors who quickly became the black sheep of the scientific establishment.’
- ‘What we are is a family and like every family we have some black sheep and our behaviour is sometimes totally unacceptable.’
- ‘Such cases are the black sheep to an otherwise impeccable theory.’
- ‘As a young man, he was branded a black sheep after leaving his family's granite merchant business in Aberdeen and moving to Falkirk to launch his own firm.’
- ‘‘If we vote no we won't stop it, but we will become the black sheep of Europe,’ he said.’
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