Black Sheep of The Family

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Black Sheep of The Family : Phrases


Someone who doesn't conform to their family's ideals (or) a rogue out of step with the rest.


He is not at all agreeing to whatever we say. He is a
black sheep of the family.


The expression goes back at least as far as a 1550 ballad where it states that
the blacke shepe is a perylous beast.Shepherds of those times thought that a black sheep disturbed the rest of the flock. Black wool cannot be dyed to different colours and is therefore less valuable than white wool.

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