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outsider

noun [C] uk   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪ.dər/ us    /-dɚ/

outsider noun [C] (NOT MEMBER)

a person who is not involved with a particular group of people or organization or who does not live in a particular place: Outsiders have a glamorized idea of what it is like to work for the BBC.Groups of people a person who is not liked or accepted as a member of a particular group, organization, or society and who feels different from those people who are accepted as members: As a child he was very much an outsider, never participating in the games other children played.AloneSeparateness and isolation in space

outsider noun [C] (UNLIKELY WINNER)

a person or animal with only a slight chance of winning: The race was won by a rank outsider.Competitors and participants in sports and games
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