odd man out

odd man out

noun
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 ).
Also, odd-man-out.


Origin:
1885–90

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odd man out

  1. A 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]

  2. Something 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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