a bad apple

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) an ugly person

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b) a failure

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c) a corrupt person

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If someone is a bad apple or a rotten apple, they are very dishonest or unpleasant, and they have a bad influence on the people around them.

French translation

une pomme pourrie, un mauvais exemple

How NOT to translate : *une mauvaise pomme

Examples in the press

‘The IOPC ‘bad apple’ report shows exactly why I and most women have no confidence in the police to protect us

The report shows that for every decent police officer, there are hordes behaving like the men all women have nightmares about.

The idea that the police’s recent betrayal of public trust is down to a few bad apples is becoming increasingly laughable by the day.’


A Bad Apple in the Basket ? Market Power in Digital Markets illustrated by the Epic-Apple Case

The market power of big tech firms like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft (the GAFAM) has long been a thorn in the eyes of the European Commission (EC). Ever since the EU drafted the Digital Markets Act to regulate market power in the digital markets, they faced strong protests. The widely received Epic-Apple court decision in the US illustrates why regulation in digital markets is so complex and difficult. The ruling finds that there is competition between Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, which fails to acknowledge the type of economic competition in the market.’

Kluwer Competition Law Blog, 17 Feb. 2022


Everyday usage

Good group atmosphere can be easily damaged by one bad apple.

Of course, there are going to be bad apples, and there always will be, just as in any industry.

Claramedia, 13 May 2022

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