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bad apple



Someone who is inherently bad. Also, someone who is a bad influence on others.

Context : Education, Social Life
Category: Idiom
Semantic: bad, influence
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Usage of “bad apple”

  1. I advise you to not stay around Roger. He is a bad apple.

  2. There are always bad apples at school. The trick is to learn how to spot them and stay away from them.

Examples of idiom “bad apple” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'fluffahump'

    I was a bad apple. Vandalism, fights, garbage, water & ice wars w/ kids from other grade groups. ha ha ha

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'samyiamy'

    When 1 bad apple spoils the bunch, throw it away

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'romanabebrave'

    Yes ,people ! ONE bad apple CAN ruin the whole bunch ...

  • Default avatar for Twitter user '2caltrain'

    I signed up for twitter to vent about my bad experience with a @caltrain biker. I hope you see this. bad apples ruin it for everyone.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Justamom3'

    @usfreedomlives There are bad apples in every bunch. Need to be civil no matter what we believe. We aren't helping anyone by these things.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'AllAboutRosalyn'

    Get rid of the bad apples in your circle, they can spoil the whole bunch.