But Bowie rarely spoke about the black sheep in his family, who spent most of his adult life in a mental institution.
In Mary, he sees a sinner like himself—a friend of Christians, but a black sheep.
But to return to our sallow mutton, or black sheep, if you choose.
He is one of the Walthams of Virginia, a black sheep, true, but a Waltham.
He was the only black sheep of a bright, happy family, the youngest son and his mother's darling.
Was there a bit of black sheep in her, and was the man calling to it?
Clarice, the “black sheep,” was noisy and indiscreet, but at least she was accommodating and good-natured.
However, there is a skeleton in every fold—I mean to say, a black sheep in every cupboard.
George Bubb Dodington is the black sheep of these later poems.
We are content to say that there are black sheep in every flock and so pass on.
by 1822 in figurative sense of "member of some group guilty of offensive conduct and unlike the other members," supposedly because a real black sheep had wool that could not be dyed and was thus worth less. But one black sheep in a flock was considered good luck by shepherds in Sussex, Somerset, Kent, Derbyshire. Baa Baa Black Sheep nursery rhyme's first known publication is in "Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book" (c.1744).
A person who is considered a disgrace to a particular group, usually a family: “Uncle Jack, who was imprisoned for forgery, is the black sheep of the family.”