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black sheepnoun [S]

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a ​person who has done something ​bad that ​bringsembarrassment or ​shame to his or her ​family: He's theblacksheep of the ​family.
(Definition of black sheep from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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black sheepnoun [C]

 /ˈblæk ˈʃip/ (black or sheep)
someone who ​embarrasses a ​group or ​family because the ​person is different or has ​gotten into ​trouble: She had different ​interests, and we stupidly ​thought of her as a black sheep.
(Definition of black sheep from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “black sheep”
in Chinese (Simplified) 败类,害群之马, 有辱门楣的人…
in Chinese (Traditional) 敗類,害群之馬, 有辱門楣的人…
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