odd man out
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a method, as in a game, for singling out one person from a group, as by matching coins
- the person thus singled out
- any atypical or unconventional person or thing
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noun pl. odd men outThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
One who, because of strangeness of behavior or belief, stands alone in or out from a group.
odd man out - Phrases/Idioms
A person who is left out of a group for some reason, as in The invitation was for couples only, so Jane was odd man out. [Mid-1800s]
Something or someone who differs markedly from the others in a group, as in Among all those ranch-style houses, their Victorian was odd man out. [Late 1800s]