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odd man out

or odd-man-out


  1. a method of selecting or eliminating a person from a group, as by matching coins, especially in preparation for playing a game.
  2. the person so selected or eliminated.
  3. a game consisting of this method.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of odd man out1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

No one likes to be the odd man out, so join your fellow blue bloods at Chinooks.

Working for the Obama administration, Mattis has often found himself the odd man out—particularly when it comes to Iran.

Mitt Romney, Odd Man Out p. 294-295: Romney has no reticence about slashing at his rivals.

We three had to be content with the other room, and two beds; odd man out for the whole one.

The colonel insisted on coming into our "odd man out" gamble.

A jolly little supper, wailed the odd man out, seeing pt and lobster slipping irrevocably through his fingers.

Do they go "odd man out" to decide who shall pay for the banquet?

The Gerrards are coming for bridge, and you'll be odd man out.


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