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odd man out

or odd-man-out

a method of selecting or eliminating a person from a group, as by matching coins, especially in preparation for playing a game.
the person so selected or eliminated.
a game consisting of this method.
outsider (def 2).
Origin of odd man out
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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odd man out

noun phrase

Someone who is not included in a game, arrangement, business deal, etc: United Artists seemed the odd man out in Transamerica's financial services game (1889+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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odd man out

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 ]
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