ugly-duckling

ugly duckling

noun
an unattractive or unpromising child who becomes a beautiful or much-admired adult.

Origin:
1880–85; after the bird in the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen

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ugly duckling
 
n
a person or thing, initially ugly or unpromising, that changes into something beautiful or admirable
 
[an allusion to The Ugly Duckling, a story by Hans Christian Andersen]

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