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With red hair being rare, a child born to non red headed parents was often assumed to be the child of an affair. Thus was treated badly, usually in the form of beatings.
I'll beat you like a red headed stepchild.
by Little Red Knitter January 28, 2009
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A person or group treated without the favor of birthright.
The boss treats this department like his red headed stepchildren.
by Tim September 13, 2004
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A stepchild might be singled out for abuse. But a red-headed stepchild (who presumably looks like his or her absent birth-parent) might be abused even more because he or she is so obviously different from the other children.
Myles was the red-head step child of the family, he was never invited to the family reunions.
by Laura Hall January 07, 2004
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Applied to one who does not fit in and is shunned for the differences and/or is bullied at a high degree
By marrying his daughter, Woody Allen was considered to be the red-headed stepchild of Hollywood.
by Big Mike October 31, 2004
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an unwanted, (ashamed of) child. Less than desired child
Mike was the red headed step child of the family, treated pretty shabbily.
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Treated with dislike, distaste, much the same as a "second class citizen." Less important. Ostracized, at times.
(If the stepchild had red hair, and the parent didn't, people would assume that the parent was the step-parent. This is obviously an ignorant assumption, since the gene for red hair is not a "dominate" gene, but a "recessive" gene -- it would skip generations before showing up again.)
In the state of Alabama, it is well known that Auburn University will always be the Redheaded Stepchild to the University of Alabama, when pertaining to football and all other things athletic - and chess. RTR!
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