scapegrace, black sheep(noun)
a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
sheep with a black coat
a nonconformist; an unusual or unconventional person
In the English language, black sheep is an idiom used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family. The term stems from the genetic effect in sheep whereby a recessive gene occasionally manifests in the birth of a sheep with black rather than white coloring; these sheep stand out in the flock. The term has typically been given negative implications, implying waywardness. It derived from the atypical and unwanted presence of other black individuals in flocks of white sheep. In psychology, the black sheep effect refers to the tendency of group members to judge likeable ingroup members more positively and deviant ingroup member more negatively than comparable outgroup members.
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The numerical value of Black Sheep in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Black Sheep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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A black sheep in the family, no doubt
In the past, Asian fusion in Asia was generally weak, scattered by half-hearted attempts at innovation, now, I see more chefs pushing the envelope -- at restaurants including Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong, Narisawa in Japan, Gaggan in Thailand, Black Sheep in Manila and so many more.
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- sort fårDanish
- schwarzes SchafGerman
- μαύρο πρόβατοGreek
- oveja negraSpanish
- musta lammasFinnish
- mouton noir, brebis galeuseFrench
- svartur sauðurIcelandic
- baltais zvirbulis, melnā avsLatvian
- kambing hitamMalay
- zwart schaapDutch
- svart sauNorwegian
- biały kruk, czarna owcaPolish
- ovelha negraPortuguese
- белая ворона, паршивая овцаRussian
- бе̑ла̄ вра̏на, цр̑на̄ о́вца, бије̑ла̄ вра̏на, bȇlā vrȁna, cȓnā óvca, bijȇlā vrȁnaSerbo-Croatian
- svart fårSwedish
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