What is a bad apple?

What is a bad apple? Here are some definitions.

  1. (idiomatic) A person who is not wholesome, honest, or trustworthy, especially one who has an adverse influence on others.
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It sounds rather Aesopish. Talking snakes, one bad apple ruining it all. I'm not so sure.
The financial planning profession as a whole now faces an uphill battle to overcome the reputational damage caused by one large bad apple.
Can one speckled and bad apple in a barrel of diseased apples turn the other apples good?
What he did in his speech last week was take the bad apple approach and say OK, what we're going to do is we're going to stiffen the penalties on the bad apples.
This is the old trick of finding one bad apple and extrapolating away to beat the band.
The Republican Party will blame the culture of corruption on one bad apple named Jim Greer and move on.

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