odd man out


Definition of odd man out

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

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Who is the odd man out in the Detroit Lions’ backfield on gameday among Blount, Johnson, Riddick and Abdullah? Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "How will Detroit Lions satisfy stable of running backs?," 23 May 2018 Eickhoff will start Sunday for triple-A Lehigh Valley and the Phillies plan to slide him into the rotation at the end of his rehab, which could make Eflin the odd man out. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Scott Kingery's clutch triple powers Phillies past Cardinals," 19 May 2018 In the end, Curry’s time off the court vastly exceeded the other candidates, leaving him as the odd man out for this voter. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The Crossover's All-NBA and All-Defensive Picks: Who Deserves to Make First Team?," 11 Apr. 2018 To go from understanding yourself as a rarity, the odd man out, to learning about others like you from the past and present legitimizes your existence. Grace Madigan, The Seattle Times, "Student Voices: There is power in seeing yourself at the front of a classroom," 29 Mar. 2019 By wooing liberals in Seoul, Kim Jong Un is trying to make Washington the odd man out. USA TODAY, "North Korea won Pyeongchang political gold, but what's next?," 12 Feb. 2018 López pitched the final two innings of Milwaukee's 4-1 loss on Saturday, making him the odd man out Sunday as the team dipped back into the minors for another fresh arm. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With Orlando Arcia still mired in a slump, Hernán Pérez gets a start at shortstop," 17 June 2018 Kemp's emergence and Marwin Gonzalez's career success against the Indians has left Davis as the odd man out this weekend. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "J.D. Davis striving to make the most of limited opportunities with Astros," 26 May 2018 State politicos thought Gillum benefited from being the odd man out in what was at times a fierce battle between Graham and Greene in particular. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Andrew Gillum wins Florida governor primary in upset victory for the left," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of odd man out

1873, in the meaning defined above

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