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English definition of “prodigal son”

prodigal son

noun [C usually singular]    
a man or boy who has left his family in order to do something that the family disapprove of and has now returned home feeling sorry for what he has done: figurative Manchester City football club sees the return of the prodigal son tonight with Black once again in the side after a season away.Family relations in general
(Definition of prodigal son noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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