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 accidently by a duck. The cygnet hides away due to its appearance (i.e., different to the ducklings) but later transforms into a beautiful swan.
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