A bad individual among many good ones, especially one that spoils the group. For example, The roommates are having problems with Edith—she's the one rotten apple of the bunch. This expression is a shortening of the proverb a rotten apple spoils the barrel, coming from a 14th-century Latin proverb translated as “The rotten apple injures its neighbors.” The allusion in this idiom is to the spread of mold or other diseases from one apple to the rest. In English the first recorded use was in Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack (1736).
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Leapolitan responded by saying, “hopefully youll [sic] bite into a poison apple.”
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We are a nation in which a few rotten apples are spoiling different barrels.
The process of co-opting black music and selling it back to the adoring public in whiteface is as American as apple pie.
It has grown from a rotten root—striving to replace human judgment with detailed dictates.
But this alliance is rotten, and cannot endure; the Western men are no partizans of slavery.
This gives to the second volume something of the smell of an apple store-room.
Twenty acres of apple trees all in a orchard together, and twenty acres of strawberries set out betwixt and between the rows!The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
All this while Squinty was chewing on the apple which he had picked up from the ground after he had jumped over the rope.
And it did not take Squinty long to learn to jump the rope when there was no apple on the other side.