Ugly Duckling (Origin)

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Ugly Duckling"?

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If somebody is described as an ugly duckling, it means they will grow up to be beautiful. The phrase comes from a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. The tale is about a cygnet that was nested accidentally by a duck. The cygnet hides away due to its appearance (i.e., different to the ducklings) but later transforms into a beautiful swan.
Ugly Duckling (Origin)

Examples of Use:

  • June was a chubby, ugly duckling as a child. Just look at her now.
  • Christian was the ugly duckling in his family until he grew up.
  • She was unnoticed in school, but she's a model now. A true ugly duckling!
  • Wow, great news! Well, that investment turned out to be an ugly duckling, didn't it?
  • (Note that it can be used for anything that starts bad and gets better.)

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