prodigal son/daughter

noun

Definition of prodigal son/daughter

: a son/daughter who leaves his or her parents to do things that they do not approve of but then feels sorry and returns home often used figuratively He left the company several years ago, but now the prodigal son has returned.

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“Prodigal son/daughter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prodigal%20son%2Fdaughter. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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