odd man out


  1. a method of selecting or eliminating a person from a group, as by matching coins, especially in preparation for playing a game.
  2. the person so selected or eliminated.
  3. a game consisting of this method.
  4. outsider(def 2).

1A person who is left out of a group for some reason, as in The invitation was for couples only, so Jane was odd man out. [Mid-1800s] 2Something or someone who differs markedly from the others in a group, as in Among all those ranch-style houses, their Victorian was odd man out. [Late 1800s]

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