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Bad apple

a discontented, troublemaking, or dishonest person:
In any group of average citizens there are bound to be a few bad apples.
Contemporary Examples

The Republican Party will blame the culture of corruption on one bad apple named Jim Greer and move on.
Sleaze and Scandal in the Sunshine State GOP John Avlon February 11, 2013

This is the old trick of finding one bad apple and extrapolating away to beat the band.
What’s Really Obstructing Obamacare? GOP Resisters Michael Tomasky November 1, 2013

Historical Examples

“And you are selling inferior silk by your pretty face, just as a fine rind may cover a bad apple,” he retorted.
The Great Mogul Louis Tracy

Can one speckled and bad apple in a barrel of diseased apples turn the other apples good?
New Tabernacle Sermons Thomas De Witt Talmage


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