odd man out


Definition of odd man out

: a person who differs from the other members of a group

Examples of odd man out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After Whittingham made clear that TJ Green was the odd man out of the running back-by-committee approach, the redshirt sophomore entered the transfer portal on Oct. 20. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utes running backs Devin Brumfield, Jordan Wilmore enter NCAA Transfer Portal," 14 Dec. 2020 Already, speculation has centered on 36-year-old J.J. Barea being the odd man out. Dallas News, "The 5 biggest issues Mavs face going into training camp, including a pair of Kristaps Porzingis questions," 27 Nov. 2020 Assuming a new outfielder joins the mix, Jones might be the odd man out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers should consider trading each of these 5 players before next season begins," 16 Nov. 2020 The Bears, who are 5-4 and riding a three-game losing streak into Monday night’s game against the Vikings, would be the odd man out. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Saints are latest best team in the NFC but probably not the last," 14 Nov. 2020 It’s been suggested in some corners that, between Miller’s tighter guard rotations and the guard splurge of the 2020 class, that Franklin might be something of an odd man out in Indiana’s backcourt. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "These potential breakout players are key for IU basketball to reach rising expectations," 6 Nov. 2020 Ferguson continues to be the odd man out among the edge defenders. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens snap-count analysis: Jimmy Smith’s workload surges after injury to Tavon Young," 21 Sep. 2020 The sophomore running back seems to be the odd man out to some extent, as TJ McDaniel and Ulysses Bentley IV have gotten the majority of the carries. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "5 key storylines for SMU in its rivalry matchup against North Texas," 18 Sep. 2020 Blankenhorn started Tuesday and got a double for his first major league hit, but with Marwin Gonzalez getting over an illness and Willians Astudillo around as an emergency infielder and catcher, Blankenhorn was the odd man out. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Randy Dobnak, Travis Blankenhorn optioned to make room for Odorizzi and Avila," 17 Sep. 2020

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jan 2021

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“Odd man out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odd%20man%20out. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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