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odd man out

or odd-man-out

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noun
  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.
  4. outsider(def 2).
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Origin of odd man out

First recorded in 1885–90
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Related Words for odd man out

oddball, freak, outsider, eccentric, dropout, bohemian, weirdo, dissenter, offbeat, loser, individualist, dissident, beatnik, hermit, independent, loner, nonconformist, pariah, solitary, separatist

Idioms and Phrases with odd man out

odd man out

1

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]

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2

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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