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whipping boy

noun

Simple Definition of whipping boy

  • : someone or something that often is blamed for problems caused by other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whipping boy

  1. 1 :  a boy formerly educated with a prince and punished in his stead

  2. 2 :  scapegoat 2

Examples of whipping boy in a sentence

  1. <used the government's economic policies as the whipping boy for every bad decision the company made>



1647

First Known Use of whipping boy

1647


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