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black sheep

noun [S] uk   us  
a person who has done something bad that brings embarrassment or shame to his or her family: He's the black sheep of the family.
Translations of “black sheep”
in Chinese (Traditional) 敗類,害群之馬, 有辱門楣的人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 败类,害群之马, 有辱门楣的人…
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