Odd me out, uncoupled at the end

Ju

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A. I was always the odd man out in my class at school.

B. Joe Bowie remains the odd man out, uncoupled at the end.


1. May I know the meanings of "Odd man out" in the above sentences?

2. What does " uncoupled at the end" mean in the sentence B?

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Where did you find this sentence?

I found it from an online dictionary when I tried to find different meanings of "odd". But I forget which one.
 

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That's easy to rectify, Ju. If you Google the full sentence, the first hit is the Longman dictionary. HERE is the link to where you must have seen it.
 

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That's easy to rectify, Ju. If you Google the full sentence, the first hit is the Longman dictionary. HERE is the link to where you must have seen it.

Yeah, I got it.
Then what does it mean, please?
 

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Well, given that we have absolutely no context, it's hard to say for certain. It looks like they plucked the sentence from a longer piece but I haven't been able to find any other mention of it online.
My best guess is that John is at a dance or a party where, over the course of the evening, most people have paired up with another party-goer, either for a dance or for something more intimate. At the end of the evening, Joe Bowie is the only person still on his own (this makes him the odd man out) because he is "uncoupled" - he has not paired up with anyone.
I am completely guessing though.
If you understand the meaning of "odd" and "odd man out" from the other definitions there, I'd forget you ever saw this slightly bizarre sentence.
 
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