Bad-apple meaning

(slang) A mean or dishonest person.
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(idiomatic) A person who is not wholesome, honest, or trustworthy, especially one who has an adverse influence on others.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bad-apple
Plural:
bad-apples

Origin of bad-apple

  • From the proverb "one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch" (a variant thereof).

    From Wiktionary