bad apple


Definition of bad apple

: someone who creates problems or causes trouble for others specifically : a member of a group whose behavior reflects poorly on or negatively affects or influences the remainder of the group The best way to deal with bad apples is to take them out of the group as quickly as possible. — Henry L. Tischler, Introduction to Sociology, 2011

called also rotten apple

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First Known Use of bad apple

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Bad apple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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