Black Sheep of the Family

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A disrespected member of a family, community or any other group or society due to certain actions. It happens when all other are performing or doing well but one person lacks it all

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  • This expression was found in the 18th century and it has been used in different forms till now. This phrase was more popular with farmers, who did not prefer the black sheep. It was difficult to sell the wool of black sheep in the market, as it could not be dyed easily. It was folklore that black sheep represented a devil and scared other white sheep.
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Anna feels like she is the black sheep of the family but actually, she is getting really good grades now.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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