One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A set of people within an organization or team who tend to behave in an obstructive way or express opposition or dissent.‘he revels just a little too much in his membership of the awkward squad’
- ‘He claims his agenda is industrial rather than political but observers say he will fit in with the new awkward squad of younger, more militant union leaders.’
- ‘Too many hostile journalists have already consigned him to the ranks of the awkward squad.’
- ‘They are probably quite happy with their extra income and it is only when the awkward squad makes waves that they even bother to comment.’
- ‘He became the first leader of a large union to swell the ranks of the awkward squad and was the first indicator that the unions were turning against New Labour.’
- ‘The Government whips of the day knew I would never be a member of the awkward squad.’
- ‘It is harder to see why that should be so attractive to the awkward squad of left-wing Labour MPs on the back benches.’
- ‘Once described as a one-man awkward squad, Bennett is nothing if not prickly and morally unforgiving.’
- ‘His parents were the village awkward squad, anti-socialists in a community of socialists, who built fences to separate them from other, more gregarious pioneers.’
- ‘The Brits are seen, even by former friends, as outsiders and leaders of the awkward squad.’
- ‘They need to learn to deal with the awkward squad, because, at some time in their lives, they are bound to meet people like that.’
Late 18th century: apparently with reference to military recruits.
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