a rotten (or bad) apple

a rotten (or bad) apple
informal
a corrupt person in a group, likely to have a detrimental influence on the others.
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  • bad apple — bad one, rotten one    He s the bad apple in that group. He s always in trouble …   English idioms

  • a bad apple — ► a rotten (or bad) apple informal a corrupt person in a group, likely to have a detrimental influence on the others. Main Entry: ↑apple …   English terms dictionary

  • (a) bad apple — one bad person in a group of people who are good. You ll find the occasional rotten apple in every organization …   New idioms dictionary

  • apple — ► NOUN ▪ the rounded fruit of a tree of the rose family, with green or red skin and crisp flesh. ● the apple never falls far from the tree Cf. ↑the apple never falls far from the tree ● the apple of one s eye Cf. ↑the apple of one s eye ● …   English terms dictionary

  • apple — noun 1》 the rounded fruit of a tree of the rose family, with green or red skin and crisp flesh. 2》 the tree which bears apples. [Genus Malus: numerous cultivated forms.] 3》 used in names of similar unrelated fruits, e.g. custard apple. Phrases… …   English new terms dictionary

  • bad — bad1 [bad] adj. worse, worst [ME bad, badde < ? OE bæddel, hermaphrodite] 1. a) not good; not as it should be [a bad attitude, a bad deal] b) defective in quality; below standard; inadequate [bad plumbing] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • rotten apple — noun A corrupt person • • • Main Entry: ↑rotten * * * rotten apple UK US noun [countable] [singular rotten apple plural rotten apples …   Useful english dictionary

  • rotten — early 13c., from O.N. rotinn decayed, pp. of verb related to rotna to decay, from P.Gmc. stem *rut (see ROT (Cf. rot)). Sense of corrupt is from late 14c.; weakened sense of bad first recorded 1881. Rotten apple is from a saying traced back to at …   Etymology dictionary

  • rotten apple — noun count INFORMAL someone who does bad things and influences other people so that they do bad things too …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rotten to the core — {adj. phr.} 1. Thoroughly decayed or spoiled. * /This apple is inedible; it is brown and soft and rotten to the core./ 2. In total moral collapse. * /The Communist government of Cuba is rotten to the core./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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