odd one out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - odd one out

"odd one out"

someone or something that is different from the other people or things in a group


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - odd one 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 one 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 one out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I thought this was a vintage muscle-car show?

Friend 2: It is.

Friend 1: Then, what's with the old Volkswagon Beetle? It may be vintage but it is certainly not a muscle-car.

Friend 2: It is definitely the odd one out. I'm not sure why it was included in the collection.

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odd one out - Gerund Form:

Being the odd one out, it was the last flower selected.

odd one out - Examples:

1)  Being willing to be uncomfortable. You may be the odd one out, but it's important to remain committed to uncovering the role you ...

2)  ... clear that people want browsers that actually behave predictably. Text-readers are always the odd one out because most people don't care about them and/or don't test them.

3)  Apple's current obsession with retina displays, its absence makes the iPad Mini the odd one out in its current tablet lineup.

4)  Three of these films are youth/high school orientated, the odd one out being the excellent Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

5)... running, he was a gangly, uncomfortable, struggling boy who often seemed the odd one out.

6)  ... is always an exciting time, but it can sometimes feel like you're the odd one out among a group of strangers.

7)  Anxiety really became noticeable when I was in my teens. I felt like the odd one out and different to others and got very anxious around people.

8)  But socially it's quite hard because of the "odd one out" situation you always find yourself in as the only woman. 

9)  I must be the odd one out in this crowd: I'm not using any extension at all.

10)  I may be the odd one out here; but I found this method very difficult to use. 

11)  I'm 24, and I'm used to being the odd one out among my peers in opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage.

12)  ... a distant father and a manipulative older sister; she was always the odd one out, struggling to find her place.

13)  In 1998 when I was pregnant with Aly, I was the odd one out. I had two boys, a husband, two male dogs.

14)  ... because then there wouldn't be just one nail painted and looking all like the odd one out or like I ran out of the nail polish that I was using ...

15)  It is also healthy to experience what it feels like to be the odd one out in a group from time to time. 

16)  I wonder if Singapore is the odd one out, staffing most of its menial jobs with foreign talents.

17)  But she was very much the odd one out socially, and most of her peers thought she was a bit nuts.

18)  It's the odd one out because it doesn't correspond to a smartphone, but rather to the ...

19)  A Bar Tab stop is the odd one out because it doesn't position text. 

20)  Strangers would always ask if he belonged to my family as he was the odd one out.