There’s nowt so queer as folk
is an expression in Northern England. Queer means odd.
A thorough bad lot presumably this is a metaphor from the auction room. We are supposed to look for some good in everyone, but this expression writes off that possibility.
A square peg in a round hole describes someone who is unsuited for the job they do.
A misfit is someone who seems different from others, possibly lacking social skills.
An upstart tries to join in with established people, perhaps without the necessary qualifications. One dictionary definition is “one who has suddenly risen from humble position” (The Concise Oxford Dictionary).
A dog-in-the-manger doesn’t eat the hay and stops the other animals from getting to it.
A scallywag gets up to mischief.
A rascal may not deal completely honestly like a shady character.
A scamp is a rascal or a pet name.
A wheeler-dealer may be a spiv, scheming for gain.
A little Lord Fauntleroy comes from a character in a children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It usually describes a spoilt child. The Dictionary of Modern Phrase defines it as a ‘precious’ boy or man.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Photo credit Wikipedia
Clever clogs is not always complimentary. It may be a rebuke to a child who is showing off.
Proverbs 6:20 begins “A scoundrel and a villain…”
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