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    Idiom

    Hi. I'm looking for an idiom that conveys the following idea: "someone who doesn't want to be the only different one among his friends". Someone who doesn't want to be the "ugly duckling", you know... all your friends are like this or like that, so you have to be like that too. If possible, I'd like an idiom that is is not too ​informal.

    Thank you very much!

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    I would speak of someone who doesn't want to stand out (even if that's a phrasal verb rather than an idiom).

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    A black sheep?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    A black sheep?
    Of course, how obvious, silly me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Of course, how obvious, silly me!
    No, "black sheep" doesn't work. I can't think of any idiom that would at the moment.

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    Re: Idiom

    Thanks guys, but I don't think "black sheep" will suffice either. And stand out... well, I kind of think of it as "neutral". I'm looking for an idiom that specifically means someone who doesn't want to attract negative attention.

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    What's wrong with the expression "ugly duckling"? It seems to serve your purpose.

    In my younger days (long ago!), we said that we wanted to be "in with the In Crowd." Now that's an old idiom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getemjan View Post
    What's wrong with the expression "ugly duckling"? It seems to serve your purpose.

    In my younger days (long ago!), we said that we wanted to be "in with the In Crowd." Now that's an old idiom!

    I just think it's a really beaten up expression. I'd rather go with something a little more original. The expression you brought up is not bad, not bad at all. Is it really "In with the In Crowd", or is there an extra "in" there ?

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    He didn't want to be a fish out of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Operario View Post
    I just think it's a really beaten up expression. I'd rather go with something a little more original. The expression you brought up is not bad, not bad at all. Is it really "In with the In Crowd", or is there an extra "in" there ?
    "In" quite correctly appears twice in that idiom.

    In with = belong to the same group as/be associated with/be friends with
    the "In" crowd = the trendy people
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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