stick/stand out like a sore thumb

idiom

informal
: to be very noticeable in usually a bad way

Examples of stick/stand out like a sore thumb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Giants stick out like a sore thumb among the teams that needed a QB entering the draft, though, in not landing one. Pat Leonard, New York Daily News, 25 Apr. 2024 One number that continued to stick out like a sore thumb less than a week after the Ravens’ season came to a stunning yet familiar end: six. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 Because the truth is, middlemen so often stick out like a sore thumb. Eran Mizrahi, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 One of the nice things about Hyper’s Apple peripherals is that they’re designed to blend in with your Apple devices, so this dongle is comes in a space gray metal enclosure with rounded edges that doesn’t look out of place or stick out like a sore thumb when plugged into your iPad. Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 Most of the high level tower fans provide about the same level of quality performance, and so knowing how to choose a tower fan that doesn't stick out like a sore thumb will show off your design prowess and attention to detail. John Thompson, Men's Health, 16 June 2023 Upon opening the Pattern Blow Dryer box, I was immediately drawn to the light brown hue that would stand out like a sore thumb among the sea of black blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons nestled in my hot tools organizer. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 9 Jan. 2023 True optical zoom can be particularly advantageous when shooting video, as any sudden changes in image quality will stick out like a sore thumb when zooming in or out of a continuously moving image. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 In the wake of Microsoft’s success with the Xbox Adaptive Controller, Sony’s lack of similarly accessible control options for the PlayStation 5 is starting to stick out like a sore thumb(stick). Geoffrey Bunting, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2022

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“Stick/stand out like a sore thumb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stick%2Fstand%20out%20like%20a%20sore%20thumb. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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