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EtymologyEdit

Calque of Danish grim ælling. From the fairy tale of a duckling, considered ugly, that matures into a magnificent swan.

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ugly duckling (plural ugly ducklings)

  1. (idiomatic) A young person who is ugly, but who is expected to become beautiful as they mature.

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