odd man out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - odd man out

"odd man out"

someone who is different from the other people in a group


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - odd man out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: You know, I thought we were were going to be all ready to move forward with this project.

Colleague 2: Why does Alfred always have to be the odd man out? Everyone agreed on the merits of the project and that it was worth moving forward with, except Alfred.

Colleague 1: I believe it is just part of Alfred's nature to see things differently than others. He may even enjoy being a little contrary. Who knows? Maybe he likes the attention being different brings?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - odd man out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: How was the party last night?

Friend 2: About the same as any other party. I was uncomfortable and didn't really have any fun. You know I always feel like the odd man out. I feel like I have nothing in common with other people. Nobody wants to talk about all the boring stuff I find interesting.

Friend 1: Then why do you bother going to parties?

Friend 2: Because I get lonely and there is always hope that I may find a group that I fit in with.

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odd man out - Gerund Form:

Being the odd man out, he was not selected.

odd man out - Examples:

1)  In my own opinion, Elliott is the odd man out, simply because he is not as mobile as Brink and Goltz.

2)  However, one is different in a very small way. Can you identify the odd man out

3)  Home-schooled until the age of 13, he was the odd man out when he finally joined a public high school, a vegetarian who played ...

4)  Blanton is the odd man out, and it makes sense to trade him.

5)  Why not just rank the top 10 and make the odd man out an honorable mention?

6)  An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out.

7)  Sam and her friends are a year older than Mia. That makes her the odd man out

8)  I would say that Soliai is the odd man out simply because he lacks the ability to collapse the pocket.

9)  ... he was not able to see his dream to completion. He became the odd man out in the key three-man partnership.

10)  I must just be the odd man out and just not into the competitive games!

11)  ... where you've got two people discussing recognizably the same version of reality, the odd man out is going to look out of touch.

12)  The loyalty to Boesch waned late in the season, when he was the odd man out in a three-man rotation with Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry.

13)  I was painfully aware that I was odd man out and talk of hair and weaves went right over my head.

14)  Doc had taught me the value of being the odd man out. The man assumes the role of the loner, the thinker and ...

15)  They refused, leaving me as the odd man out.

16)  Needless to say, I'm often the odd man out when everyone congregates and talks football. 

17)  But I am starting to feel like the odd man out. # How do I tell people I don't Twitter?

18)  He is the portrait of the odd man out, an individual, and a great thinker. 

19)  I became in fact the odd man out while the other writers enjoyed being geniuses together. 

20)  It's a good thing for a person to be the odd man out. To be the one different from everyone else.