Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion :: Idioms and Phrases - Section 1 (Q.No.14)

Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.

14. 

A black sheep

[A]. An unlucky person
[B]. A lucky person
[C]. An ugly person
[D]. A partner who takes no share of the profits
[E]. None of these

Answer: Option E

Explanation:

In the English language, 'Black sheep' is an idiom used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family.

Karen said: (Jul 23, 2010)  
Black sheep is usually one bad guy in the lot. None of the options matches this meaning and hence, answer is "none of the above"

Sandeep said: (Aug 30, 2010)  
"Black Sheep" is something unusual (not in a good sense) , you will rarely find a black sheep. So it does mean something odd or unusual in group.

Ex: Rohan is a black sheep of his family.

Anupam said: (Jan 15, 2011)  
An odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family (negative implications). It derived from the atypical and unwanted presence of other black individuals in herds of white sheep.

Malli said: (Feb 2, 2011)  
Black sheep means the person who have bad habits that person is called a black sheep.

Rachana said: (Aug 20, 2011)  
Black sheep means a person who is not fitting into a group together.

Sundar said: (Jan 24, 2012)  
Black sheep is an idiom used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family.

Golakh said: (Sep 16, 2014)  
Actual answer is - A part disreputable member of the group.

Parul said: (Jan 25, 2015)  
Black sheep is disreputable person.

Sachin Achara said: (Mar 3, 2018)  
Black sheep mean-disgraceful person.

Manoj Kr Gc said: (Dec 23, 2018)  
Black sheep means unworthy person.

Sonam Shah said: (May 20, 2021)  
It means an Unworthy person.

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