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Definition of black sheep in English:

noun

informal
A member of a family or group who is regarded as a disgrace to it.
Example sentences
  • Just suffice it to say that I have stood where you stand now - scorned by family members, labeled a black sheep.
  • Would my beliefs make me the black sheep of the family?
  • She is the black sheep of the family; drug rehab, shoplifting - you name it, she has done it.

Origin

late 18th century: from the proverb there is a black sheep in every flock.

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