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bad apple

noun, Informal.
a discontented, troublemaking, or dishonest person:
In any group of average citizens there are bound to be a few bad apples.
Origin of bad apple
from the proverb “one bad apple spoils the barrel” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “And you are selling inferior silk by your pretty face, just as a fine rind may cover a bad apple,” he retorted.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • Can one speckled and bad apple in a barrel of diseased apples turn the other apples good?

    New Tabernacle Sermons Thomas De Witt Talmage

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