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What Does "Bad Egg" Mean?

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"Bad egg" is an English idiom. It means "a person who turns out to be bad, despite expectations to the contrary."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "bad egg" used in a sentence:
  • He seemed so trustworthy, but he turned out to be a bad egg.
  • The company hired her thinking she was experienced, but she was just a bad egg.
  • You can usually spot a bad egg if you're observant.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Bad Egg" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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